Mob gropes reporter during live broadcast

A France 24 TV correspondent was ‘savagely attacked’ by a mob of men while reporting live on protests in Cairo.

Mob gropes reporter during live broadcast

Sonia Dridi is attacked during her broadcast, Photo: AAP

Sonia Dridi was attacked on Friday night, a statement from the television station during a live broadcast from Tahrir Square

No further details of the incident were released, although the news channel said its employees were safe, but ‘extremely shocked’, reports Associated Press.

"More frightened than hurt," wrote Dridi in French on her Twitter page.

In English she later 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."

Her colleague, Ashraf Khalil said around 30 men were involved.

“The crowd surged in and then it went crazy. It was basically me keeping her in a bear hug, both arms around her and face-to-face,” he told AP.

"It was hard to tell who was helping and who was groping her.

“It didn't feel organized or targeted. It felt disorganized," he added.

"I felt angry. I love Tahrir. I have a lot of nostalgia for Tahrir. I am still angry. I know this is not the first time this happened; it happened to other people I know. Still, it was a shock."

Speaking to The Guardian, he added: ""Usually one of us goes first then the other, Sonia does the French and I do the English.

"Usually we don't do Tahrir live shots from street level, normally we're on a balcony. We had done an earlier live shot and even then the crowd was annoying.

"When we went back for the second live shot the crowd was worse, it was really hard to control the crowd. If you see the video you can see me popping up on the fringe telling people let her work. By the time it was finished everybody was too close and no one was listening to us.

"I told Sonia to just go straight to [the shop] Hardee's and wait for me because I didn't want her to wait with this crowd of feral youths."

The incident is just the latest case of violence against women reported in Tahrir Square during protests.

During the uprising against longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, US correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten in Tahrir Square, needing hospital treatment.