Lara Logan assaulted in Egypt
CBS correspondent Lara Logan was assaulted in Tahrir Square, CBS News is now reporting.
"On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering."
TIME magazine reported on February 3 that Logan was detained and, on February 7, she told Charlie Rose that she was accused of being a spy.
"There was no question after what we were subjected to that we were not safe and were were now targeted," said Logan, adding that that "can very easily get you killed and you better take it seriously."
Still, she told that she was disappointed in herself as a journalist over the episode and upset that she was unable to keep reporting.
"It's very hard for me to be away from this story," said Logan. "I feel in one sense like a failure professionally. I feel like I failed because I didn't deliver and I take that responsibility very seriously. ... Fundamentally it is in my blood to be there and to be on the streets and to be listening to people and to do the best reporting that I can."
"You try to be smart about these things and, yes, I would go back. It would depend entirely on the circumstances."
From the report offered by CBS, Logan soon thereafter returned to Egypt.
Well, this is pretty terrible. I have a lot of respect for Logan for trying to report on Iraq and Afghanistan even when her bosses felt it was of little interest.