Waiting For Richard Engel

Posted on December 17, 2012


NBC reporter Richard Engel is missing in Syria.

According to several reports Engel, and Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş  went missing Thursday 12/13 – but NBC News kept it quiet for several days before the story finally broke this morning.

The reasons behind the secrecy have yet to be revealed and several prominent journalists are blasting other news outlets for publishing the story.

Prominent investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill took to his twitter to say, “The desire to get a “scoop” should be put in check when there are very good reasons–namely the lives of our colleagues– to stay quiet” and “There are processes going on that other media are not privy to and you should respect that. It could mean life/death for the missing journo”.


I’m a big fan of Richard Engel, he is a fair and intelligent a reporter and judging from his slew of war-zone assignments Engel is as brave as a bear.

From Wikipedia: A winner of the Edward R Murrow Award, on May 18, 2009, Richard Engel won the Peabody Awards for his reports covering U.S. Army Viper Company fighting in the mountains of Afghanistan. Engel’s work on “War Zone Diary,” a documentary about life in Iraq, earned him the Medill Medal for Courage in 2007. On March 30, 2011, Richard Engel was honored with the David Bloom award for his outstanding service to journalism. The award was presented by Mr. Bloom’s daughter. Engel was on assignment covering the 2011 Libyan civil war.

I hope and pray Richard Engel comes home safe, America needs him.


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