August 21, 2014

When the Sword Is Mightier than the Pen

Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Being a foreign correspondent in the post 9/11 world can be a very dangerous job. The word “sahafa” is one that every Western journalist in the Arab-speaking world learns pretty quickly. It means “Press” – and used to offer some modicum of protection in dangerous situations. Less so now. I have lost count of the number of colleagues who have been kidnapped in the past 10 years, many of them suffering ordeals that make my own adventure in Somalia look like a holiday.

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TAGGED: Syria, ISIS, James Foley


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