8. Epilogue

What would you have chosen to do as a journalist in this situation?


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In covering kidnappings, news calls are all about the details Paul Knox for J-Source, December 2008

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Conflict Journalism and Surviving Kidnap Stan Alcorn for DART Centre for Journalism and Trauma, June 2009