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Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

11:35 PM, Feb 15, 2011   |    comments
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CBS Correspondent Lara Logan

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- CBS News reports that one of its correspondents was sexually assaulted while covering a story in Egypt.

Lara Logan was covering the celebration following Hosni Mubarak's resignation on Friday when a mob broke out and she was separated from her crew. Then, she was beaten and sexually assaulted before a group of women and Egyptian soldiers saved her.

Below is the statement from CBS News:

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 a 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.

There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.

The Committee to Protect Journalists -- a New York-based, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide -- also released a statement Tuesday about Logan, who is a CPJ board member. Below is part of the statement:

"We have seen Lara's compassion at work while helping journalists who have faced brutal aggression while doing their jobs," CPJ Chairman Paul Steiger said. "She is a brilliant, courageous, and committed reporter. Our thoughts are with Lara as she recovers."

Logan joined the CPJ board in October 2008. That same year she spearheaded an effort to raise funds to pay for multiple surgeries for an injured Iraqi reporter, Jehad Ali, whom she befriended while reporting in Iraq. Ali eventually made a full recovery. Logan currently serves on CPJ's Journalist Assistance Committee, which oversees the program that provides financial and other support to journalists around the world who have been victims of violence and repression.

According to her CBS News biography, Logan has reported from war zones for the past 18 years. She has been CBS News chief foreign correspondent since February 2006 and became a correspondent for "60 Minutes" the same year. 

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