Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Into the Jungle: This week, Sibylla Brodzinsky did what reporters often do: she chased down a rumor. But as she went deeper down the rabbit hole, doubts crept in about the wisdom of the hunt.

She'd heard that Ingrid Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician who has been held hostage for six years, might be receiving treatment in a health clinic in a remote Colombia village (see story). She decided to check it out.

The village, however, was in an area known to be controlled by leftist rebels, members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Sibylla invited a couple of colleagues along - the safety-in-numbers principle. After all, she didn't want to become a FARC hostage herself.

But at the last minute, her colleagues couldn't get a seat on the plane. "There's only one flight a day to this location. I decided to go now, rather than wait. The rumors sounded fascinating," she says. "But I wasn't exactly excited about the choice."

In the main town, nearest to the village, it was calm. …

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