Journalist Lara Logan back in hospital after Cairo attack

2015-03-25 08:47

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South African journalist Lara Logan has been readmitted to hospital, reportedly for complications stemming from the sexual assault she survived while covering Egypt’s political uprising in 2011.

The Breitbart News website, citing sources close to 60 Minutes correspondent Logan, said the 43-year-old journalist was still physically suffering from the attack she endured at the hands of a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the day Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power.

“Very few people know how stoic and incredibly tough this lady is,” Ed Butowsky, a close friend and confidant, was quoted as telling

A spokesperson for 60 Minutes confirmed that Logan had been hospitalised again on Monday in Washington DC in the United States, but did not reveal any circumstances.

Durban-born Logan, a longtime war correspondent, was one of dozens of journalists attacked during several weeks of protests throughout Egypt leading up to Mubarak’s ouster in February 2011. She was covering celebrations in Tahrir Square for 60 Minutes when she and her team were surrounded by a mob and she became separated from her crew, according to CBS News.

After suffering a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating by the mob, Logan was rescued by a group of women who intervened, along with Egyptian soldiers who finally arrived on the scene, CBS said.

Recounting the ordeal months later on 60 Minutes, Logan said she thought at the time, “not only am I going to die, but it’s going to be just a torturous death that’s going to go on forever”.

Logan made her name as a correspondent for Britain’s GMTV during the start of the US-led Afghanistan war in 2001 and subsequently reported on the war in Iraq and its violent aftermath. She joined CBS News in 2002.

In November 2013, the network placed Logan on a leave of absence following a flawed 60 Minutes report on the September 2012 attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which she based on a subsequently discredited account of the incident.

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