Egypt: Is it Too Dangerous for Journalists?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Over the past couple of weeks the events taking place in Egypt and Tunisia have been consuming news headlines.

Along with the political upheaval going on in Egypt, a major issue facing the news world is the safety of American and other foreign journalists.

Making headlines this week was the sexual assault of American CBS reporter Lara Logan. In many articles including an writeup on The have uncovered the details of her assault and other journalist related violence.

Logan was assaulted in the midst of the political revolts in Egypt on February 11 at around 1 a.m. The assault occurred moments after President Hosni Mubarak had officially stepped down.

New reports say that Logan was beaten, stripped of her clothing, pinched, and whipped as they shouted "jew" and "Israeli."

Sources are now saying the Logan narrowly escaped rape with the help of a group of Egyptian women that intervened along with help from Egyptian soldiers.

Logan is not alone. Since the beginning of the revolts in Egypt 140 journalists have been killed or injured while reporting on the events taking place there.

Logan's relatives and friends have said that the emotional and mental wounds are worse than her physical injuries. She is currently recovering in her home in Washington D.C.

Photo Credit: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times via Creative Commons


Tess Myer February 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM  

We talked about this subject in class, and how some people are "blaming" what happened on her being a female. They said she is to beautiful to be over there, and that she is a mother so why is she over there in the first place? What are your thoughts on this?

Kimberly Kurimski February 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM  

I was very saddened to here what happened to this young journalist. Like Tess said, I don't understand how people could blame Lara for what happened to her. There is no way she could have known this was going to happen. No one wishes for these things to happen to them. How could people blame someone for doing their job?

Kelsey Hagelberg February 21, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

I feel like this could happen to anyone. It was very detrimental to her health and well-being but she did have the choice to go or not go. It was part of her job. Though the incident is misfortunate, it could happen to any woman. Maybe we need to get our reporters better protection.

Alexa Smith February 21, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

I don't understand why journalists get attacked. Are people afraid that the truth will get out? I wish Lara Logan well with her recovery.

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