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Bug #29897 closed:corrected

Lara Logan attack reported inaccurately

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This bug appeared in a news report published by LA Weekly on Feb 16, 2011 by Simone Wilson. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Fabrication

The LA Weekly reported that Logan was "repeatedly raped" in Tahrir Square. But the statement from CBS News said the incident was a "sexual assault and beating" and reporting by other news outlets has indicated that Logan was not raped:

"The separation and assault lasted for roughly 20 to 30 minutes, said a person familiar with the matter, who added that it was 'not a rape.' A CBS News spokesman declined to comment beyond the statement."


"Logan told colleagues she escaped being raped when a group of Egyptian women threw themselves on top of her to protect her. "


"'The attack was so sudden' Logan told her distraught family in Durban, where she was born. … She said she had escaped being raped because of the intervention of a group of women who threw themselves on top of her, protecting her from further harm."



Tracy Clark-Flory has not contacted LA Weekly

Bug History

Mar 02, 2011 9:16 am Open Tracy Clark-Flory
Mar 02, 2011 10:11 am Open: Under Discussion Mark Follman
Mar 15, 2011 1:36 pm Closed: Corrected Mark Follman

Discussion Leave a comment

We have emailed news editor Jill Stewart seeking a response.

Mar 02, 2011 10:11 am

We sent a follow-up email to Stewart on March 3, and one to top editor Drex Heikes today. No response to date.

Mar 08, 2011 3:44 pm

Wrong. CDC, many governments (local, state, various countries) define rape as more than PIV intercourse. To redefine rape for your own purposes is inaccurate and immoral. Rape IS a legitimate description for what happened, legally and ethically. To try to invalidate what happens to many people in the world is morally reprehensible. This is not a bug. Reporting this as a bug is wrong, and sexist.

Mar 15, 2011 5:59 am

Ann Marie-

The purpose of MediaBugs is to help the public report errors in the news and try to get them corrected by the news organization, if that news organization determines a correction is warranted. (More details can be found in our "About" pages.) In this case a reader raised the concern that the LA Weekly inaccurately reported that Logan was "repeatedly raped" in Cairo, citing reports from other news outlets to the contrary.

LA Weekly has since posted a correction notice on its story explaining that it "has not been able to determine what occurred" and that it "erroneously interpreted CBS' report of what happened to Logan on February 11, 2011." The LA Weekly's correction notice is here:


The CDC's definitions of sexual violence and rape, including its discussion of why a consistent definition is important, can be found here:


Mar 15, 2011 10:05 am

As cited above, the LA weekly posted a correction notice on Monday afternoon.

As of this update the original article's headline and repeated references to "rape" in the text remain unchanged.

Read the correction notice here:


Mar 15, 2011 10:21 am