Wednesday 16 February 2011 03.23 GMT
[Lara Logan of CBS News, pictured in Cairo’s Tahrir Square shortly before she was attacked on February 11.]
Amid the celebrations on the night of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, Logan was reporting on the scenes in Tahrir Square for the news programme 60 Minutes when the South African-born journalist, her camera crew and security staff were overwhelmed by what the US television network described as “a dangerous element … 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,” CBS said in its statement released on Tuesday evening.
“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.”
Logan joined CBS in 2002, after a television news career that included a spell at GMTV covering the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and is a veteran of reporting from warzones including Iraq and Kosovo.
CBS’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, Logan had previously been detained by the Egyptian military for a day, as part of the Mubarak regime’s crackdown on foreign journalists.
Logan serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which documented 140 attacks on journalists in Egypt during the protests this month.
“We have seen Lara’s compassion at work while helping journalists who have faced brutal aggression while doing their jobs. She is a brilliant, courageous and committed reporter. Our thoughts are with Lara as she recovers,” said Paul Steiger, chairman of the committee.
CBS said it will make no further comment. “Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time,” the network said in its statement.
As reports of the sexual assault of reporter Lara Logan circulated around the globe, many Egyptians have come forward to express their disgust at the incident in which Ms Logan was also badly beaten by members of the crowd who were celebrating the ousting of their former president Hosni Mubarak.
The 39 year old South African born Chief Foreign Correspondant for CBS News was attacked during a terrifying ordeal in Cairo’s Tehrir Square, by a mob of around 200 people after being separated from her colleagues whilst she was covering the crowd’s celebrations.
The ex swimwear model and former GMTV journalist was forced to undergo several frightening experiences throughout the day before her attack. In the hours preceeding the outrage, Egyptian authorities escorted Ms Logan and her crew at gunpoint whilst making suggestions that the group were not in the country for the purpose of peaceful reporting. The actions of Egyptian police in this matter remain as yet unexplained.
Ms Logan was eventually saved by a group of soldiers and women who intervened and is currently recovering from her injuries in hospital.
In a week which has witnessed near constant marches and gatherings of huge crowds in Cairo, several journalists have been injured, some stabbed and others punched to the ground by frenzied mobs.
One Egyptian woman referring to the assault said “This is a problem which has been ongoing in Egypt for the last four years and it doesn’t seem to be going away”.
Lara Logan was born on March 29th, 1971 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Logan
March 29th, 1971
29 +1+9+7+1 = 47 = her “secret” number = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Legendary. Notable. Noteworthy. Eminent. Prominent.
March 29th, 1971
3 + 29 +2+0+1+0 = 35 = her personal year (from March 29th, 2010 to March 28th, 2011) = Remain guarded.
35 year + 1 (January) = 36 = her personal month (from January 29th, 2011 to February 28th, 2011) = Crushed.
36 month + 11 (11th of the month on Friday February 11th, 2011) = 47 = her personal day = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life.