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Sex crimes at Tahrir Square Photo: EPA
Sex crimes at Tahrir Square Photo: EPA

TV journalist: I was sexually assaulted in Cairo

France's Caroline Sinz says she was roughed up, sexually assaulted by Cairo protestors

Associated Press
Latest Update: 11.25.11, 19:45 / Israel News

Another sexual assault on Cairo's streets? A French TV journalist says she was punched and roughed up, then sexually assaulted while covering protests in Egypt's Tahrir Square, the second such attack reported there in a single day.


Caroline Sinz told France 3 television, her employer, on Friday that a day earlier she and her cameraman were set upon by young men in the square then separated.


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She said she was punched, then "subjected to a sexual aggression in front of everyone in full daylight."

Providing more detail in an interview with RMC radio, she said boys 14 to 16 years old "tore off my clothes and undergarments" and assaulted her.


Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-born US columnist, also said she was sexually assaulted Thursday in the square. She is a women's rights defender, a lecturer on the role of social media in the Arab world and a former Reuters journalist.


The media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders advised news outlets to momentarily suspend sending women to Egypt, following the two reports of sexual assaults on the female journalists.


Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Egyptian anti-regime protesters gathered at Cairo's Tahrir Sqaure again Friday, in a resumption of demonstrations. They were chanting, "Leave, leave!" in a demonstration aimed at forcing Egypt's ruling military council to yield power.


Eldad Beck contributed to the article






First Published: 11.25.11, 18:44


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