The assault on Lara Logan was a high-profile instance of a pervasive problem in Egyptian society, and here are two more such incidents. For journalists, as was the case with Logan, there may be the added element of being identified as “Jewish” and therefore becoming all the more of a target for violence.
“Media watchdog: Egypt unsafe for female reporters,” from the Associated Press, November 25:
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.
According to other media reports, her arms were also broken.
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.