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Lara Logan vows to return after sex assault in Egypt

loganlara021911_optCBS News journalist for '60 Minutes' says she'll be back at work ‘within weeks'

BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

CBS war correspondent Lara Logan is back home with her children and recovering after being brutally attacked and sexually assaulted last week in Egypt, and has vowed to return to work "within weeks."

Al Jazeera English did not report on the attack against Logan. Al Jazeera English said no to the story, even as it became the top story for a 24 hour news period.

According to the network, they did not report on the story because reporters cannot be part of the story and should never lead a news piece. Interesting because throughout the 18 days of the Egyptian revolution, they talked about the rise in attacks, the arrests, the detentions and the violence directed against their very own staff.

Bikyamasr.com says the leading global news network missed an opportunity to push discussion in a new direction. Al Jazeera has the respect of the Arab world and most journalists for their continued coverage of Egypt starting January 25, and its subsequent coverage of protests throughout the region. What they missed in covering Ms. Logan's horrific attack was an opportunity to deal with sexual violence in Egypt.

"It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy," Logan said in an interview.

According to sfgate.com, Logan was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square before being saved. CBS described Logan's situation as she "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers."

Unfortunately, sexual harassment remains widespread in Egypt, and even women covered up by veils and long robes in strict Islamic dress say they are not immune.

According to msnbc.com, women in Egypt — and in many areas of the Arab world — are still afraid to report sexual assault or harassment, fearing they and their families will be stigmatized, said Medine Ebeid of Egypt's New Woman Foundation.

Meanwhile, Nir Rosen, an NYU fellow who has extensively covered the Iraq War, later offered his own assessment of the situation on Twitter on Tuesday. He called Logan a "warmonger" who was simply trying to outdo Anderson Cooper. He was referring to the CNN correspondent, who was reportedly punched in the head multiple times while covering the recent demonstrations in Egypt.

New York Daily News reports Rosen has since resigned from the university's Center on Law and Security.

The tweet, "Jesus Christ, 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," was followed by, "Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women."

Shortly after that, he offered half a dozen sincere condolences on Twitter.

But many had been outraged by Rosen's remarks. And questions remain about media coverage. The Los Angeles Times reports that Cooper himself anchored a segment that criticized Rosen for mocking Logan on Twitter.

What was noteworthy about the segment was the photo the CNN producers chose. It was of a grim-faced Logan, apparently amid a large crowd, just moments before the attack is said to have occurred.

CNN, however, chose to blur the faces of the men in the background. It is possible that CNN worried about legal liability. By partly obscuring the image, CNN tampered with the journalistic record without explanation, leaving it to viewers to guess whether the network intended to protect or incriminate the figures in the background.

Logan is said to be in good spirits, despite what happened to her.

The New York Post reports Logan, a native of South Africa, has been CBS's chief foreign correspondent since 2006. She has regularly filed reports from war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan for "60 Minutes" and the "CBS Evening News."

 
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