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CBS War Correspondent Lara Logan is back in the U.S. recovering from a brutal attack while covering the celebrations of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.
According to the network, Logan was separated from the rest of her crew and was then brutally beaten and sexually assaulted during the celebrations. A group of Egyptian women and soldiers reportedly saved her. Logan was later reunited with her crew and flown back to the United States to be treated in a Washington, D.C. hospital. (Video from: WACH)
The attack has sparked discussion around the world about the safety of foreign correspondents in war zones and other unsafe confines. ITN News reports this was not an isolated incident.
“According to Media Watchdog, a committee to protect journalists, at least 52 journalists were attacked and 76 imprisoned during the unrest in Egypt that lead Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power.”
The incident has sparked debate over the safety in women in war zones. CNN’s Kiran Chetry spoke with Columbia University Journalism Professor and former foreign correspondent Judith Matloff. The two women journalists discuss the dangers of their profession.
“I think if you will sit down with a bunch of female foreign correspondents who cover conflict over the bar in the evening, most of them will probably tell you this is a woman’s worst nightmare. I mean, I’ve had colleagues who have gone as far as to say that they’d rather be killed than have something like this happen.”
A columnist for The Washington Post points out that says violence against women in Egypt is a an near daily occurrence.
“This sort of story has a pernicious staying power: Not a faceless statistic, but a known, blonde, white woman. Fortunately or unfortunately, these are the stories that linger … In 2008, as Slate reporter Sarah Topol noted, a study by the Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights reported that 83 percent of women experienced harassment - and that 98 percent of foreign women visitors did.”
Not everyone thinks Logan deserves sympathy. NYU fellow Nir Rosen caused outrage in the Twittersphere for comments he made about Logan.
"I'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she'll get."
“lara logan had to outdo anderson [Cooper]...”
“...at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger.”
Nir Rosen offered his resignation Wednesday morning. Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams notes, it would be easy to paint broad strokes as to “why” this happened, saying that would be a mistake.
“She was assaulted doing her job. It was a crime of unspeakable violence. And your opinion of how she does that job, the religion her assailants share with a few million other people, or the color of her hair had nothing to do with it.”
KATU News in Portland revisits an interview CNN had with Logan which shows she was fully aware of the risks of her job.
Anchor: “Why do you subject yourself to these risks?”
Logan: “I’m absolutely committed to this. I see this as my responsibility that if you’re going to send soldiers to war in other people’s lands, you have responsibility for the people of this country and the people around the world.”
The network says, she is now recovering at home with her family.
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