Sexual Assault Issues Overseas with Female Journalists

This article is titled “CBS Reporter Recounts a ‘Merciless’ Assault” from the New York Times. It discusses the experience of Lara Logan, a CBS journalist, who was sexually assaulted by a mob in Cairo, Egypt on the night President Mubarak stepped down from power. Logan was setting up to film a segment for “60 Minutes” in Tahrir Square, when she was ripped away from her co-workers and bodyguard by a mob of hundreds of Egyptian men and was beaten and sexually assaulted for an excruciating forty minutes. This article exemplifies the dangers that female journalists are exposed to in the Middle East and around the world, as this is not the first time this has happened. Female journalists receive a different kind of threat while abroad, instead of physical threat they are subjected to sexual violence that is rarely spoken about in the media. News agencies are now taking more efforts to promote awareness and increase protection of their journalists to prevent something like this from happening again.

I found it very disturbing to read this article, but intriguing at the same time. It was upsetting to read that her protectors were helpless against the mob of 200 to 300 men assaulting her. She quoted, “What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.” It’s scary the price journalists pay to report front line news, especially in uncontrollable areas such as Cairo during the revolution. The media coverage overseas, especially in the currently revolutionary prone Middle East and North Africa, is clearly not safe and more measures need to be taken to prevent incidents like this.

Link to the article:

            http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/business/media/29logan.html?_r=2&ref=world

-Elizabeth Russo

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