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The rationale for the blackout was offered in off-the-record conversations, so I can't present their argument here. But I will say this: No one told me anything that indicated a specific, or even general, threat to Engel's safety. No one said, "If you report this, then we know, or suspect, that X, Y, or Z may happen." It was infinitely more vague and general than that. As I wrote in the post, when the New York Times maintained a blackout about David Rohde, the rationale was clear: I was directly told that the Times had reason to believe that the people who had Rohde would harm him if news got out. There was nothing approaching that level of specificity or argumentation here. I would not have written a post if someone had told me that there was a reasonable or even remote suspicion that anything specific would happen if I wrote the post. Also: There was in practice no blackout. Xinhua and Breitbart had published English language accounts. There were probably like 100 posts to Twitter per minute about him. This was a situation where the information was freely available on the internet, and in the region—these are large Turkish outlets reporting this information. It was out.
NBC News said Tuesday morning that veteran foreign correspondent Richard Engel, two of his colleagues and their security guard were free after five days of captivity at the hands of unidentified assailants in Syria.
NBC said in a statement that Engel, who went missing along with his crew on Thursday, was "freed from captors in Syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday, five days after they were taken prisoner." The network did not identify the others who had been abducted with Engel.
"We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country," NBC added.
It remained unclear exactly who abducted Engel and the rest of his team. NBC said only that the captors "were not believed to be loyal to the Assad regime."
Engel said their captors “were talking openly about their loyalty to the government” of Syrian President Bashar Assad. He said he had a “very good idea” about who they were -- members of the “shabiha” militia, loyal to Assad, trained by the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and allied with Lebanon-based group Hezbollah.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
"Not believed to be loyal to the Assad regime"...
In other words, FSA rebels got his tail and his buddies too...and it's VERY touchy to come out and say that when half the Western world is holding these animals up like they are freedom fighters, not terrorists.
Well, I'm just very happy to hear the lifting of the blackout was likely due to his being freed about that same time...or at least, they apparently knew enough to know the blackout wasn't needed anymore. Whatever the case on that aspect, he's free and out..and I'm thrilled to hear it.
Now NBC owes him a huge bonus and a paid vacation anywhere he'd like to go, to my thinking. It's the least they can do. I'm sure the Middle East won't top his vacation hot spot ideas.
Originally posted by boot2theface
(visit the link for the full news article)
NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports. The reports also say that Aziz Akyavaş, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for.
edit on 17-12-2012 by boot2theface because: title
Originally posted by andy1972
Richard Engels is a journalist known to critical of official position of the US government in certain subjects.
He once called the war on terror "a terrible misnomer" and calling it actually "in many ways a war of fear ".
Engels also stated that the U.S had also "ignored other national priorities" due to money and resources being spent on the war against terror.
This guy goes missing in Syria.
He says they drive around deciding who should be executed until by accident they fall upon a FSA checkpoint and they are rescued.
Daniel Pearl was also critical of the US government. And we all saw what happened to him when he dug to deep.
I think Engels has had a lucky escape, i dont think his capturers were pro Assad.
I think given a few days more and this guy would have been another video, and another Danny Pearl.
Daniel's father expressed concern in February 2002 that his son's Israeli citizenship would have an adverse effect on the investigation.
Pearl's parents edited and published a collection of responses sent to them from around the globe, entitled I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004). At one point on the video, Pearl said: "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish," after which Pearl added one obscure detail, that a street in Israel's Bnei Brak is named after his great grandfather, who was one of the founders of the town. The family has written that it understands this last detail authenticates Daniel's own voice and demonstrates his willingness to claim his identity. Judea Pearl has written that at first this statement surprised him, but he later understood it to be a reference to the town-building tradition of his family contrasted with the destructive aims of his captors. Judea Pearl then enlarged the idea by inviting responses from artists, government leaders, authors, journalists, scientists, scholars, rabbis, and others. All wrote personal responses to what they thought upon hearing that these were Pearl's last words. Some responses are one sentence, others several pages.
On April 16, 2007, Pearl was added to the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach as the first non-Holocaust victim. His father gave his consent for the induction in order to remind generations to come that "The forces of barbarity and evil are still active in our world. The Holocaust didn't finish in 1945." Journalist Bradley Burston criticized the addition of a post-Holocaust victim to the memorial, saying "it diminishes the uniqueness of the Holocaust".
On May 19, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, which protects US journalists around the world. The act is also designed to use tools from the Secretary of State to ensure that freedom of press is upheld in other countries.
Originally posted by captaintyinknots
Engel escaped. He and his team did interviews today. Honestly, it was one of the more amazing stories Ive ever heard.
Originally posted by happyhomemaker29
Wasn't Daniel Pearl executed though because he was Jewish and not because he was a reporter who dug to deep?
It's Wikipedia, so take it for what it's worth.