Friday, January 13, 2006
[22.15 GMT] Covering Kidnap Victims By Judith Matlof (Columbia Journalism Review, USA): "There is no simple formula for deciding whether to report on a hostage case, in Iraq or anywhere else. But the general rule should be to ask ourselves whether we have made a serious effort to determine whether publicity would put the victim at risk when we report on the capture of anyone other than a press colleague. Are we implicitly responsible for someone’s death by maintaining a double standard? Or do we just report the news and find out later?" See also: When Covering Iraq Kidnappings, Caution Can Save Lives (Media Channel, NY, USA); Bush rejects Merkel's plea to close Guantanamo (CBC Ottawa, Canada); Iraqi men freed, 3 weapon caches seized (Pentagram, Washington DC, USA).