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Editors: No Problem (Again) Sitting on Kidnapped Reporter Story

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Editors: No Problem (Again) Sitting on Kidnapped Reporter Story

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It was apparently pretty easy for the Christian Science Monitor not to report on the weekend kidnapping of New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell in Afghanistan.

That's because Monitor Managing Editor Marshal Ingwerson didn't know about it. "We did not know until he was released," Ingwerson says of Farrell, who was rescued early Wednesday during a military raid after being held for three days. "I don't think any of us knew about it."

But Ingwerson, whose paper withheld reporting on the seven-month kidnapping of another Times reporter, David Rohde, earlier this year, says they would have kept quiet as the Times asked other news outlets to do. "We would have respected that," he says,. "We did not report on the David Rohde kidnapping although we knew about it for a while."

For other news outlets that adhered to the Times request yet again not to report on a reporter kidnapping, it was not a tough decision. Editors said where a life is in danger, it is easy to act. …

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