Is David Rohde Alive Because You've Never Heard of Him?

A journalist escapes from his Taliban captors after seven months, and few even knew he was gone.


New York Times journalist David Rohde has escaped his Taliban captors after being held hostage for seven months. Reports the newspaper: "Until now, the kidnapping has been kept quiet by The Times and other media organizations out of concern for the men's safety." Journalist Sarah Parsons, however, has questions of her own: "Now that Rohde is safe, some questions are arising—how did the Times manage to keep the story under wraps for so long ... and was that the right thing to do?" Would releasing Rohde's story have endangered his life further? Who would it have helped? If international media outlets can keep a story like this hidden, what else are they hiding? Post your thoughts.

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