Thursday, November 24, 2011

Another female journalist attacked in Egypt?

What is it with female journalists being attacked in Egypt?

This time an Egyptian-American reporter says she was sexually assaulted during the 12 hours she spent behind bars earlier this week. The Jerusalem Post -- for whom the woman writes a column -- provides the details.
Mona Eltahawy – an influential Egyptian-American journalist and blogger and a columnist for The Jerusalem Report – was beaten and sexually assaulted during a 12-hour detention by Cairo police, she said Thursday.

The 44-year-old revealed the ordeal on her Twitter account, recounting how she had been blindfolded for two hours and had her hands broken.
The Associated Press provides important background about Eltahawy.
Eltahawy is a prominent women's rights defender, a lecturer on the role of social media in the Arab world and a former Reuters journalist. She describes herself as a liberal Muslim who has spoken publicly in the U.S and other countries against violent Islamic groups, particularly in the wake of 9/11. She is known as a scathing critic of the former Egyptian regime.
Eltahawy, a vocal supporter of the Egyptian revolution, has visited the country at least twice since the January uprising. Known for her harsh criticism of the regime of the ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Eltahawy continued to denounce the new military rulers in post-Mubarak Egypt. She warned in public speeches that one Mubarak has been replaced with "1,800" others, in reference to the military council.
Earlier this year, CBS reporter Lara Logan was rushed out of Egypt after she was attacked in a crowd as she covered the protests that eventually led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.

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