CBS News correspondent Lara Logan sexually assaulted and beaten in Egypt on Feb. 11

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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It turns out, the situation for journalists may be even more dangerous now that the Mubarak regime has fallen.

According to a statement from CBS News, the network’s chief foreign correspondent was sexually assaulted and beaten during the celebration in Tahrir Square last Friday.

“Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a ’60 Minutes’ story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration,” the statement said. “It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.”

The statement added there would be no further comment from CBS News or Logan and asked for privacy at this time.

A week earlier, Logan had been detained in Egypt outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo but was released the next day.