CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is recovering from what CBS described as a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” endured while covering the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt last Friday.
Logan, the net’s chief foreign affairs correspondent since 2008 and a contributor to “60 Minutes,” was covering the celebration in Tahrir Square following Mubarak’s resignation when she and her team and security detail were surrounded by, according to CBS, a mob of more than 200 people “whipped into a frenzy,” which separated her from her crew. Logan was attacked but sometime later rescued by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.
Logan reconnected with the CBS team and returned to her hotel; she flew back to the U.S. and is in the hospital recovering.
Tahrir Square has been a dangerous place for foreign journalists in recent weeks. On Feb. 2, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was, in his words, “set upon by the crowd” and beaten by a pro-Mubarak mob that tried to take his camera. The same day, another mob backing Egypt’s former president also surrounded Christiane Amanpour and an ABC News crew after giving Amanpour a particularly hostile interview; the group kicked in the crew’s car doors and broke its windshield as they drove away.