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article imageOp-Ed: CBS correspondent pays high price to report the news

By William Charles Baker     Feb 16, 2011 in World
Cairo - Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS news, is recovering in a U.S. hospital after a brutal attack in Cairo by a mob celebrating the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. It is time to separate criminals from legitimate demonstrators.
As the Boston Herald reports: “Separated from her crew in the crush of the violent pack, she suffered what CBS called "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating." She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers."
An angry mob is just that: An angry mob. Whether they are freedom fighters or trampling an employee at Walmart for early Christmas bargains. The reasons are insignificant when rights are trampled on whether they are at the top or the bottom of the pecking order. A reporter as well as any other person has a right to walk the streets in a country that receives and functions on aid from other sources as a financial incentive.
They have that right in a crowd of protesters purporting to want a democracy or democratic principles to prevail. Women have a right to be secure in their person in Egypt or on a New York City street or any place else as a key to how civilized a society has become. Whether they are journalists or housewives the protection of their equality should not be short changed. Change is and never should be an excuse or a veil to terrorize somebody else. Yet the acts against them continue even after the victory achieved by those against Mubarak.
The Madison Eagle reports: “However, in the final days, and especially after the battles with pro-Mubarak gangs who attacked the protesters in Tahrir, women noticed sexual assault had returned to the square. On the day Mubarak fell, women reported being groped by the rowdy crowds. One witness saw a woman slap a man after he touched her. The man was then passed down a line of people who all slapped him and reprimanded him.”
Seems that at the heart of this attempt by the people to advance toward democracy or maybe in another direction was some long series of transgressions that finally overflowed to the streets. For me it is another set of eyes watching the news. I don’t live there so the passion of the people in Tahrir Square is inspiring as well as frightening. I never met Mubarak but whatever he did for his country apparently was not enough. So he was forced out of power and it is hard to quarrel with the fact that the thousands in the square and perhaps millions watching were probably right.
The Deadline reports: “The news shows how volatile the security situation in Egypt continues to be. The U.S. networks dispatched some of its top news anchors to Cairo when the protests first started, but after several prominent TV journalists, including Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and Fox News correspondent Greg Palkot, were attacked by angry mobs, most of anchors left Egypt.”
It makes me wonder about the future. When continued reports of violence against women are recorded. When a reported 200 people in the streets celebrating surround a crew of reporters, separate off a woman and sexually assault her. Lara Logan paid too high a price for her story in regard to the physical and mental harm she received but she gave the world some insight into the question of what may happen after Mubarak is gone.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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