New York Times thanks IrishCentral on reporter-kidnap story
IC Publisher Niall O'Dowd: we are happy that our decision to pull the story and work with our other news partners to withdraw it may have helped in some small way to save his life. That's the best story we could have.'
"Farrell, 46, joined The Times in July 2007 as a correspondent in the Baghdad bureau. He has spent many years covering the struggles of the Afghan and Iraqi people and built a respected reputation for his reporting on the Middle East and South Asia.
"Munadi had worked regularly with The Times and other news organizations.
"In a second phone call to a New York Times reporter in Kabul, Farrell gave this account of what happened when he and his captors heard the thump-thumping of approaching helicopters.
"'We were all in a room, the Talibs all ran, it was obviously a raid,' Farrell said. “We thought they would kill us. We thought should we go out.'
"Farrell said as he and Munadi ran outside, he heard voices. 'There were bullets all around us. I could hear British and Afghan voices.'
"At the end of a wall, Farrell said Munadi went forward, shouting: 'Journalist! Journalist!' but dropped in a hail of bullets. 'I dived in a ditch,' said Farrell, who said he did not know whether the shots had come from allied or militant fire.
"After a minute or two, Farrell said he heard more British voices and shouted, 'British hostage!' The British voices told him to come over. As he did, Mr. Farrell said he saw Munadi.
"'He was lying in the same position as he fell,' Farrell said. 'That’s all I know. I saw him go down in front of me. He did not move. He’s dead. He was so close, he was just two feet in front of me when he dropped.'
"Mr. Farrell told the Times colleague that he was unhurt.
"Neither The Times nor Farrell’s family knew that the military operation was taking place.
"Until now, the kidnapping had been kept quiet by The Times and most other news media organizations out of concern for the men’s safety.
"'We feared that media attention would raise the temperature and increase the risk to the captives,' said Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times. 'We’re overjoyed that Steve is free, but deeply saddened that his freedom came at such a cost. We are doing all we can to learn the details of what happened. Our hearts go out to Sultan’s family."
Farrell's rescue came about 11 weeks after David Rohde, another reporter for The Times, escaped and made his way to freedom after more than seven months of captivity in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In that case as well, The Times and other news organizations kept Rohde’s kidnapping silent out of fear for his safety.
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