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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Attack Of Journalist Lara Logan Raises Questions For Female Correspondents

In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan is shown covering the reaction in in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.  (AP)

In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan is shown covering the reaction in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. (AP)

CBS correspondent Lara Logan “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” while covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square this month, according to a CBS statement. She was eventually rescued by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers, and she is now back in the U.S. recovering.

But her case has female foreign correspondents talking about how to deal with the dangers they experience daily. New York Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise writes about what’s she’s faced “reporting while female,” while ProPublica’s Kim Barker fears there will be “unconscious decisions to send men” to dangerous areas instead of women.

We speak with Judith Matloff, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also served as bureau chief in Moscow and Africa for the Christian Science Monitor and is on the board of the International News Safety Institute.


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