Freelance Journalist Kidnapped in Iraq Is Freed
Jill Carroll, the reporter who was kidnapped in Baghdad in early
January, in an abduction that generated widepread international
attention, was released today.
CARROLL'S RELEASE ELATES LOCAL MUSLIM LEADERS - TOP
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 3/30/06
Michigan Muslims who pushed hard for the release of kidnapped
journalist Jill Carroll - were thrilled to learn Thursday that she is
free and safe. . .
On Jan. 19, Muslims gathered at a mosque in Canton to denounce her
kidnapping and call for her immediate release. The gathering was
organized by Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
"The taking of hostages," is clearly un-Islamic, Walid said Thursday
morning. Moreover, Carroll was an innocent journalist and a
non-combatant, he said.
Two officials with the council's national office traveled to Iraq on
Jan. 21 to try and win her release. It was all part of a major effort
by Muslims to free her.
"We were ecstatic when we heard the news this morning," Walid said
Thursday. "We are truly grateful to God that our prayers have been
Walid hopes that when Carroll returns to the United States, Muslims
"may have the opportunity to greet her and share in the celebration of
CAIR: REACTION TO REPORTER CARROLL'S RELEASE
Jill Carroll: Blaming the Victim
March 31 , 2006
From: progress @ americanprogressaction.org
Yesterday, journalist Jill Carroll 82 days after she was kidnapped
in Iraq was released from captivity. While President Bush has often
said that media does not cover enough "good news" in Iraq, Carroll's
ordeal underscores the extraordinary danger of doing any reporting at
all from the war-torn country. Even Bush has said it was "a little
early" for him to visit Iraq. Instead of spending yesterday honoring
Carroll's courage and sacrifice, many on the right attacked her,
calling her everything from a terrorist sympathizer to mentally
imbalanced. After what Carroll went through, it was a shameful display.
Iraq is still a dangerous place for journalists. Out of a justified
concern for their safety, many journalists in Iraq conduct all their
reporting from the "Green Zone," rooftops and hotel balconies. Carroll
wanted to tell the story of ordinary Iraqis, and often reported
outside of the Green Zone, while taking precautions to ensure her
safety. Carroll and other journalists are becoming rarer in Iraq the
number of foreign journalists in Iraq is now 70, down from 700 at the
beginning of the war.
Instead of celebrating her freedom, some in the media took the
opportunity to make light of her situation. Hours after Carroll's
release Bernard McGurik, the executive producer of "Imus in the
Morning" (who also appears on air), said that Carroll "strikes me as
the kind of woman who would wear one of those suicide vests. You know,
walk into the try and sneak into the Green Zone." Imus' sidekick
Charles McCord was concerned that Carroll was "a person who strived
for their, represented their [the Iraqi people's] plight for a long,
long time." (Don Imus, to his credit, repeatedly told McGurik and
McCord to shut up. Unfortunately, he wasn't successful.)
The National Review jumps into the fray, questioning Carroll's mental
state. The National Review's John Podhoretz said "after watching
someone who was a hostage for three months say on television she was
well-treated because she wasn't beaten or killed while being dressed
in the garb of a modest Muslim woman rather than the non-Muslim woman
she actually is I expect there will be some Stockholm Syndrome talk
in the coming days." Apparently because Carroll was wearing the Muslim
garb that she used as a safety precaution, Podhoretz couldn't believe
that she was telling truth. His colleague Jonah Goldberg added that it
"is increasingly starting to bug me," and concluded, "I'm very glad
she's alive, but I'm getting a very bad vibe."
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