Friday, November 25, 2011

Lara Logan redux

The sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan in February by a mob of up to 200 Egyptian Muslim men came as no surprise to those who both practice Islam and those of us who study and research Islam. Thus this article on the call by Reporters Without Borders for women reporters to avoid Egypt for the near future comes as no surprise either.

How many female reporters have been molested that we never hear about? You can be sure it is much more than the three mentioned so far.

From SunStar November 25

Media watchdog: Egypt unsafe for female reporters

PARIS -- The media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders is advising news outlets to momentarily suspend sending women to Egypt, after two reports of sexual assaults on female journalists.

A statement by Reporters Without Borders says a French journalist was the latest victim, attacked Thursday by men in street clothes while she worked in Cairo.

That followed the sexual assault on a prominent Egyptian-born U.S. columnist Mona Eltahawy.

Reporters Without Borders said "there is no other solution" but to hold off on sending female journalists to Egypt.

In February, CBS television correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by a frenzied mob.

The Associated Press does not name victims of sexual assault unless the victim agrees to be identified or comes forward publicly.

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