October 20, 2012
France 24 TV: Cairo Female Reporter 'Savagely attacked'
PARIS (AP) — A correspondent for France 24 TV was ‘‘savagely attacked’’ near Cairo’s Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday. It was the latest case of violence against women at the epicenter of Egypt’s restive protests.F'n women hating Islamic sexual perverts.
The news channel said in a statement that Sonia Dridi was attacked around 10:30 p.m. Friday after a live broadcast on a protest at the square and was later rescued by a colleague and other witnesses. France 24 did not give further details about the attack, but it said its employees were safe and sound, though ‘‘extremely shocked,’’ and that it will file suit against unspecified assailants.
The network, which receives state funds but has editorial independence, said it and the French Embassy were working to bring Dridi back to France.
‘‘More frightened than hurt,’’ wrote Dridi in French[and English..ed] on her Twitter page Saturday. Referring in English to a colleague, she tweeted: ‘‘Thanks to (at) ashrafkhalil for protecting me in (hash)Tahrir last nite. Mob was pretty intense. thanks to him I escaped from the unleashed hands.’’[...]
The square has seen a rise in attacks against women since protesters returned this summer for new rallies, including incidents of attackers stripping women — both fellow demonstrators and journalists — of their clothes.
The attack on her brings to mind non Jewish mother of two, Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during the beginning of the Arab Spring.
“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.
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