Grope Like An Egyptian

Egyptian men in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continue their love affair with sexual assault.

FRANCE 24 journalist Sonia Dridi filed a police complaint with Egyptian police on Saturday, a day after she was assaulted while reporting on a protest in the capital Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Dridi had just finished giving a live news report at around 10:30pm on Friday for FRANCE 24’s French language television when a crowd of men teemed around her, shoving and grabbing at her body.

“I was surrounded by my team, so I didn’t feel like I was in any particular danger,” Dridi told FRANCE 24 in a televised interview, saying that the camera crew had attracted a crowd of curious bystanders. “I was able to do my live report but at the end of it the atmosphere was really tense.”

“The crowd encircled us…It was mostly young men, but not only. They started to touch me and I held onto my colleague, who tried to reassure me and hold my attention so we could get out of the crowd as fast as possible,” Dridi added.

After a tense few moments, Ashraf Khalil, a correspondent for FRANCE 24’s English language television, was eventually able to rescue Dridi from the crowd.

On Saturday, FRANCE 24 announced that both journalists were safe and in good health. In a statement, the company also said that it “firmly condemns repeated acts of violence against journalists, who should be able to do their job freely anywhere in the world”.

It is far from the first time that a female journalist has been sexually assaulted while working in Cairo. Last year a number of women reported having been attacked while covering mass protests against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

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comments

  • walt kovacs

    boo hoo

    eff the french

  • Norman B.

    Doesn’t the name Lara Logan ring a bell to these people? What makes them think that they are any more immune to the gangbang gang? Or do female reporters head to Tahrir Square with secret fantasies of being manhandled by cavemen?

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Don’t any female reporters to Egypt as this will inflame them and of course insult the Prophet Mohammed.

  • JetHeadJoe

    OK, now where are the honor police now? Way to make yourselves look like stalwarts of self control, Muslim men! Geez, if you’re so hard up (pun intended) to cop a cheap feel, maybe — just *maybe* — you’d allow your women to be women and not animals. You’d get more play that way, and you wouldn’t have to try raping foreign journalists to get your kicks.

  • spindok

    I don’t know if I buy this story about female reporters being groped there. I heard Helen Thomas walked around Tahrir for days and nobody groped her.