Journalists attacked while reporting in Egypt

CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted by protesters in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, 2011. Photo courtesy of CBS.

  • CBS News’ Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests

CBS Chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was assaulted in Egypt as her crew was preparing a “60 Minutes” package. A mob of more than 200 people was celebrating Mubarak’s stepping down, but Logan was separated from her crew. She suffered a sexual assault and beating. A group of women and Egyptian soldiers rescued her.

Logan is now recovering back in Washington, D.C.

  • Attacks on journalists in Egypt abate after 2 days of violence

There were widespread attacks on journalists during the Egypt protests. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) documented at least 101 direct attacks on journalists and news facilities during the week of Egyptian protests. Journalists were injured, detained, captured, their equipment was confiscated and at least one died.

  • Bloody in Cairo: A Firsthand Account

Greg Palkot of Fox News gives a firsthand account of recording the protests and being caught amidst the violence and fighting.

  • Egypt: Release Detained Activists, Journalists

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls for the release of all detained activists and journalists captured in Egypt. HRW often creates and spreads letters and petitions demanding the safe release of journalists and protesters.

  • Journalists under physical assault in Egypt

CPJ works hard to document violence against journalists and countries where press freedom is restricted. During the Egyptian protests CPJ compiled lists of journalists who were attacked, beaten or detained.

  • Anderson Cooper attacked in Egypt with crew

CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper and his crew was attacked while they were reporting in Egypt. Cooper was punched in the mouth by pro-government protesters. Here’s the video that was captured as the camera kept rolling while the crew was attacked. The footage is jumpy and it is hard to see what happens, but the shouts and passion of the protesters comes across.

While it’s a fine line between a journalist becoming a part of the story and remaining objective to report, it is a serious issue when journalists are attacked while reporting.


About Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Paper Darts, Wordgathering, and more. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and WTOP.
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