CBS newswoman sexually assaulted by Cairo mob

During celebration of Mubarak's resignation in Tahrir Square, protesters chant "Jew! Jew!" at Lara Logan who suffered "brutal beating."

By JORDANA HORN
February 17, 2011 01:39
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CBS News correspondent Lara Logan

Lara Logan 311. (photo credit: COURTESY: CBS News correspondent Lara Logan)

NEW YORK – According to the New York Post, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by men yelling, “Jew! Jew!” in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last Friday as she covered the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Logan, the news organization’s chief foreign correspondent, was in Tahrir Square Friday night when she and her team, together with their security contingent, were surrounded by “a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy,” CBSnews.com stated in a press release.

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“In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew,” the release read. “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.”

A source at CBS told the New York Post that Logan’s attackers were screaming “Jew! Jew!” as they assaulted her. Logan is not Jewish, but told Esquire.com the day before that she and her crew had been accused by Egyptian soldiers of “being Israeli spies.”

Logan is currently recuperating at home in the US and is not responding to queries, CBSnews.com stated.

According to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), ‘conservative’ news outlets reported that the crowd was yelling, “Jew, Jew, Jew,” yet “several popular left and liberal news outlets like the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, CBS, The Washington Post and other sources omitted any mention of the crowd’s anti-Jewish taunts.”

In a blog entry on the incident, CAMERA wrote it was “now apparent that hostile sentiment towards Jews is a component of these demonstrations that is not receiving much coverage.”


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