Tag Archives: Cairo

Vatican Condemns Controversial Benetton Ad

17 Nov


Italian fashion company The United Colors of Benetton is no stranger to controversial ad campaigns, but the chain’s latest may have pushed the envelope too far. The ad campaign, called “Unhate” by Benetton, features world leaders kissing each other in an act of tolerance.

Members of the Vatican, however, claim the ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI and Ahmed el Tayyeb, the imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, goes way too far. The church will take legal action to prevent the distribution of the image through mass media channels throughout the world.

A Vatican spokesman said the image was insulting “not only to the dignity of the Pope but also to the sensibilities of the faithful.” Benetton had already vowed to suspend distribution of the image prior to the church’s announcement. “We are sorry that the use of an image of the pontiff and the imam should have offended the sensibilities of the faithful in this way,” the company said in a statement. They claimed the advertisement was designed “exclusively to fight the culture of hate in every form.”

Earlier in the day, a large banner of the image appeared close to the Vatican in Rome. It was promptly removed.

HORROR: CBS News’ Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted in Egypt

15 Feb

CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in the United States today from a “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating.” Logan was reporting from Tahrir Square on Friday, after ex-president Hosni Mubarak stepped down from government. At some point, she became separated from her crew and was surrounded by a mob of at least 200 people. A group of women and some Egyptian soliders rescued her from the assualt.

Before this recent attack, Logan and two CBS cameramen were detained in Egypt for a day. She returned to the United States, but flew back to Cairo shortly before Mubarak’s departure. Since joining CBS in 2002, Logan has covered events in locations ranging from Afghanistan to Iraq.

She is not the first reporter t0 come under attack in Egypt during the protests. CNN’s Anderson Cooper left the country following a beating, two FOX News reporters were also assaulted and a crowd swarmed CBS News’ Katie Couric during a report. In all, more than 140 reporters have been attacked during the protests and one Egyptian reporter died.

CBS News' Lara Logan