Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Risky Business

Jesus, this is really shocking stuff -- a grim reminder of just how dangerous the job of an international correspondent can be, particularly a female correspondent and particularly one who regularly and courageously puts herself in the middle of some of the most violent, calamitous situations on the planet in order to bring the news home to the masses:

"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 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."

I've taken a couple of shots at Logan in the past, mostly because of statements she made which implied that journalists should defer to the those in positions of authority, but obviously what's happened to her is just sickening and unconscionable.

I wish her all the best.


jane said...

Two words stuck out for me: "brutal" and "sustained."

Alanna said...

Jesus. That's horrendous. My thoughts go out to her. Speedy recovery...physically and mentally.

Lou said...

Just in case you haven't read this yet, Mary Elizabeth Williams takes on the people already blaming the victim: http://www.salon.com/entertainment/tv/feature/2011/02/15/lara_logan_rape_reaction

Chez said...

Yeah, Lou, I saw the Mary Elizabeth piece. I was actually writing something that touched on the same thing last night, but I was so exhausted I didn't finish it. It'll be posted a little later this morning.

Steven D Skelton said...


Obviously, toothpaste doesn't go back in the tube...but...Could the media have kept this quiet?

If I had been gang raped by a mob, I wouldn't want news of it flashing atop the Huffington Post.

I'm probably pretty far off base, but I was really taken aback by the way this was covered.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

This mob rape and what happened to Anderson Cooper will surely cause a review of the 'let's go and mix with the crowd' approach recently* more popular with American tv media.

Too bad, because being close to the action is a precondition to on-the-moment journalism.

*Amanpour excepted