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NYT reporter escapes Taliban

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by somewriter, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. somewriter

    somewriter Member

  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    This was an incredible story. The guy's won two Pulitzers for his reporting. Glad he's finally safe.

    Interesting how AP and others agreed to not cover his kidnapping, out of concern for his safety.
  3. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Keeping kidnappings secret is pretty standard procedure.

    And here, according to the other guy who escaped, is how it was done:

  4. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    This story reminds me of the time I had to cover a high school football game in Spartanburg, S.C., and they turned off the lights and locked the gates like 10 minutes after the final whistle. Not only did I have to work in utter darkness, but I had to climb a chain-link fence while carrying my laptop bag.
  5. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    This is wild. Thanks for sharing.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I would have less of a problem with it if the NYT and other news orgs would be consistent. Do they refrain from coverage at all times when someone's life may be in danger or only when it is one of their reporters?
  7. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    please tell me you're being facetious
  8. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    This will be a major motion picture in what, two years?

    That was an oddity yesterday -- two above-the-fold stories in the Times without bylines.
  9. it's just like that
  10. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

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  11. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    But I ripped my khakis.
  12. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member


    That was pretty funny.

    CBC -- where I work -- went through the same thing earlier this year when our Afghanistan correspondent was kidnapped. Google "Melissa Fung" and you'll learn about her adventure, although I'm not sure that's the right word. She was kidnapped, and eventually released. No Canadian media outlet reported about her disappearance, although it was well-known.
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