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Originally posted 02/17/2011 03:45PM
Reporting in the field is dangerous – but the risks simply can't always be foreseen, says Fox News war correspondent Jennifer Griffin.
"It is always a risk, but it's a risk for men and for women. There's an element of unpredictability anytime you enter war zone or crowd," Griffin, 41, tells PEOPLE, commenting on last week's "brutal and sustained" sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan in Egypt.
"I've heard a lot of people blaming the victim. 'She should have known better. She already had a brush with the military there.' That's so incredibly unfair," says Griffin. "As a journalist, you take a calculated risk. No one goes into a crowd thinking, 'I could be lynched or sexually assaulted.' If we thought that as journalists we'd never take those steps into the crowd. You don't think about the danger. You think about, 'How am I going to get this story.' "
Originally posted 02/16/2011 05:20PM
For Lisa Ling, hearing that 60 Minutes journalist Lara Logan had been brutally sexually assaulted in Egypt hit home.
"When I first heard the story I was devastated," Ling, whose TV-reporter sister Laura Ling was held captive for five months in a North Korean prison in 2009, said on Wednesday's The Wendy Williams Show. "I have never met her, but she does incredible work and I wish her and her family well and hope that she comes back strong because her work is really unique. She's a very courageous woman and I wish her well."
Referencing her sister's experience, Ling said journalists generally understand the dangers they face – but sometimes, the unexpected happens.
Originally posted 02/16/2011 02:35PM
Lara Logan had already had one troubling experience in Egypt before last Friday's "brutal and sustained" sexual assault, but the seasoned journalist was eager to return to work – under the right circumstances.
After Logan, 39, was detained and blindfolded by Egyptian authorities earlier this month, she told Charlie Rose in an interview, "Yes, I would go back, [but] it would depend entirely on the circumstances. If I could get an interview with [Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak, I would go tomorrow. Am I just going to go throw myself into the circumstances? No, that doesn't seem smart."
Logan also recounted her experience with the Egyptian authorities, who separated some of the crew members and kept them overnight. "They let us know in no uncertain terms that they were tracking us. They knew who we were. They photographed us when we were blindfolded," says Logan, who blamed a mix-up in paperwork, which would have permitted her crew to be in the country as journalists, for the incident.
Originally posted 02/16/2011 10:20AM
Anderson Cooper, who escaped serious injury while he was covering the unrest in Egypt, has reached out to 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan, who on Feb. 11, it was announced Tuesday, was brutally assaulted by a mob of men in Tahrir Square while she was carrying out her job.
"Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan," the CNN anchor, 43, Tweeted. "She is in all of our thoughts and prayers.”
Logan, 39, a native of South Africa, has covered battlefields for nearly 20 years. During the Feb. 11 incident, she was separated from her crew and was eventually rescued by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, according to a CBS statement.
Originally posted 02/15/2011 05:10PM
On the same day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power, a female 60 Minutes correspondent was brutally sexually assaulted in Egypt, her network revealed Tuesday.
"CBS correspondent 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," says a statement released by CBS. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy."
During the event, which happened Feb. 11, Logan "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," the statement continues.
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