CBS’s Logan Recovering After ‘Brutal’ Assault

Logan in Tahrir Square shortly before her attack last Friday.CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was in the city's Tahrir Square after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down last Friday when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a mob of more than 200 people. Separated from her crew in the crush of the mob, she suffered what CBS called "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating."

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was recovering in a U.S. hospital Tuesday from a sexual attack and beating she suffered while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo.

Logan was in the city’s Tahrir Square on Friday after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down when she, her team and their security “were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration,” CBS said in a statement Tuesday.

The network described a mob of more than 200 people “whipped into a frenzy.”

Separated from her crew in the crush of the violent pack, she suffered what CBS called “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating.” She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, the network said. The Associated Press does not name victims of a sexual assault unless the victim agrees to it.

She reconnected with the CBS team and returned to the U.S. on Saturday.


The scene last Friday in Tahrir Square – ground zero of 18 days of protests that brought down Mubarak – was primarily one of celebration – people wept, jumped for joy, cheered and hugged one another. Some soldiers stationed at the square ran into the crowd, and the protesters lifted them onto their shoulders. Other troops stayed at their posts, watching in awe. There were fireworks, the sound of car horns and even some shots fired in the air.

Sexual harassment of women is an all-too-common occurrence on the streets of Cairo. But many women noted a complete absence of it in the early days of protests in Tahrir Square, where demonstrators made a point of trying to create a microcosm of the society without many of Egypt’s social ills.

However, in the final days, and especially after the battles with pro-Mubarak gangs who attacked the protesters in Tahrir, women noticed sexual assault had returned to the square. On the day Mubarak fell, women reported being groped by the rowdy crowds. One witness saw a woman slap a man after he touched her. The man was then passed down a line of people who all slapped him and reprimanded him.

The attack on Logan, CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, was one of at least 140 others suffered by reporters covering the unrest in Egypt since Jan. 30, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. An Egyptian reporter died from gunshot wounds he received during the protests.

A week before Friday’s attack, Logan was detained by the Egyptian military for a day, along with a CBS producer and cameraman. They returned to the U.S. after their release, and Logan went back to Cairo shortly before Mubarak left.

Logan joined CBS News in 2002. She regularly reports for the “CBS Evening News” as well as “60 Minutes,” where she has been a correspondent since 2006. She has reported widely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and other global trouble spots.

CBS said it had no further comment on Logan’s assault.

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Christina Perez says:

February 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

This was a terrible crime and a tragedy. It also was news. The name of the organization is “CBS News.” Shouldn’t this horrific crime have been reported contemporaneously, not days later? Or did CBS News producers and executives consciously make the decision to keep the attack under wraps because it did not fit with the “happy ending” narrative that mainstream media slavishly parroted that day?

    Kathryn Miller says:

    February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    so, your foolishness now says that CBS News should report the sexual assault of one of their female reporters in real time? What essential information did their discretion about the attack on one of their own deny you? It is easy to understand why you are no longer in TV news: you simply lack any ability to be human. Now, imagine how much more difficult it would have been for THE CBS NEWS EMPLOYEE to get medical assistance if all the other news organizations wanted to interview her, and the Egyptian authorities wanted to investigate the “crime” during their own melee. She would still be in the country today. You are an abject, inhumane fool.

    Christina Perez says:

    February 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Well, you are a libeler… and I’d like to know just how you know so much about my background, and seem to have my dossier at your fingertips. Perhaps I can find out upon discovery. If a supposedly jubilant crowd is committing horrific crimes during their liberation day, yes, pal, that is news, and I can tell you have never been in the news business in any capacity, and your sense of your own human decency seems to be inflated.

    Kathryn Miller says:

    February 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I only know what you say about yourself, fool. Libel truth. Everything I said about you is true, and I’ve never even visited your web site links. Kinks?

Peter Tannenwald says:

February 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

Harry, Mark, thank you for running this 1-A and for including Mary Williams’ commentary.

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