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CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan Assaulted and Beaten in Egypt

By February 16, 2011

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Media professionals the world over have a chilling reminder of the dangers in covering news. CBS News has revealed that its Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten on the streets of Cairo, Egypt last week.

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Lara Logan survived a brutal attack while reporting in Egypt.
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What's ironic is Logan was attacked on the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power. That's the day the violent protests turned to celebrations.

Some may say the chaotic streets of Cairo were no place for a female reporter. That's an insult for an accomplished journalist like Logan, who has spent much of her career reporting from war zones, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has an RTDNA/Edward R. Murrow Award for her accomplishments.

Of course that means little to the frenzied mob who saw Logan and separated her from her crew and security detail on the day she was assaulted. While her attack appears to be among the worst, she joins a long list of journalists who suffered injury while trying to cover the crisis.

Among U.S. journalists, the attacks on CNN's Anderson Cooper were widely reported and appeared on video. Members of a Fox News crew showed off their injuries on television.

Logan's attack will raise questions about the dangers of gathering news -- whether it's in the middle of a protest, a war zone or a local hostage situation. The question is whether it's ever too dangerous to chase a story.

CBS and NBC must have struggled with that question because both networks sent their highest-profile anchors, Katie Couric and Brian Williams, to Egypt briefly only to get them out of the country to safety. Plopping down network news stars in the middle of big events often raises questions about the cost and the spectacle when the networks have reporters in the trenches who've been on the story from the beginning.

One of those reporters is Lara Logan, who had been detained earlier this month by Egyptian police. Clearly, she knew the perils she faced. Her courage in reporting this story, digging for information when the cameras weren't rolling, and putting her life on the line are qualities that any journalist should admire.

But do you think some situations are too risky for a journalist to cover?

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February 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(1) Wendy says:

I have seen other people implying she had no business being there in the first place. How quickly they forget that Christiane Amanpour was the *only* journalist to get an interview with Mubarack before he stepped down. So females definitely have a role and an importance in these types of stories.

March 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm
(2) NewsCollective says:

fight against women crises, lets try to put full stop for cruel treatment against women
http://www.newscollective.com/blog/?p=3729

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