IFJ Calls for Probe into Serious Attack on CBS Reporter in Egypt

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for an

investigation into the attack on Lara Logan, a reporter  for the American TV cable network CBS, last Friday in Tahrir square, Cairo. CBS has confirmed

that Logan was the victim of "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and

beating."

"This is a shocking attack which must not go unpunished," said Jim

Boumelha. "The Egyptian Prime Minister has promised to investigate attacks on

media during the protests and this is one the most serious incidents which need

to be looked into."

Media reports say Logan, who works on the CBS "60 minutes" programme, returned to Tahrir square on

Friday evening to report on the crowd's reaction to news of former President

Mubarak's stepping down. She got separated from her team and security detail

before she was attacked by a group of protesters.

The IFJ says this tragic incident was the latest in a series of attacks

on media during the crisis in Egypt, where journalists were arrested, suffered

beatings and had their equipment damaged. The Federation, which led the

campaign to end these attacks and asked the authorities to provide protection

to journalists, says the attack on Logan should not have happened and lessons

must be learned from it to improve the safety of journalists working in hostile

environment.

"Circumstances surrounding Logan's vicious attack are still unclear,"

added Boumelha. "But it is clear she was a victim of a situation which must

serve as a lesson both for journalists and their organisations to better prepare for high risk assignments."  

The IFJ wished Lara Logan, who is also campaigner for media safety and a

board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), full and prompt recovery.

 

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