4 Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality

“Shoot them,” a tall soldier said calmly in Arabic.

A colleague next to him shook his head. “You can’t,” he insisted. “They’re Americans.” Full Story »

Posted by Seth Roberts Farber - via Dave Weigel, Nicholas Kristof, Howard Kurtz, Jen Preston, Jay Rosen, David Carr, Patrick LaForge, Memeorandum, Josh_Young (t), Mayel de Borniol (t), Umbreen Bhatti (t), Thanh Tran (t), Richard Lazzara (t), sudaneseonline (t), Jeppe Kabell (t), miker1717 (t), Ish Harshawat (t), Ron Steffens (t), Joey Baker (t), Jeremy Caplan (t), Salvador Sala (t), Malorie Jae Lucich (t), Fabrice Florin (t), Rachel Fus (t)

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Seth Roberts Farber
4.4
by Seth Roberts Farber - Mar. 23, 2011

Chilling account of NYT reporters' days as prisoners in Libya. Very well-written.

Wasn't quite sure how to classify this story. For those of you w/ journalism experience, does a first-person account like this fall under the same category of "news" as a more traditional, dispassionate newspaper article would, or is there a more specific way to describe it? Related side-note: for posting & editing purposes, what is the difference between "news" and "news report"?

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Brooke Nunes
5.0
by Brooke Nunes - Mar. 23, 2011

Yes this is good journalism there is a lot of direct quotes. I trust the New York Times because they are a well profound organization. I found this very interesting.

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brettdavis
3.6
by brettdavis - Mar. 24, 2011

I think that this is a very truthful story. It was written to identify with Americans but also to show the kindness of the Libian people even in a time of great struggle. Most of the observations and accusations brought up in the story seem to be based on opinion but that opinion is based on experience.

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Alex Trussell
4.8
by Alex Trussell - Mar. 23, 2011

This article is an in-deph detailed description of a journalist and his companions who are captured. Throughout the article he doesnt just talk about all the times they abused him or his friends he is not trying to persuade his reader of anything. He provides his journey written out just the way it happened.

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Veljean Williamson
4.7
by Veljean Williamson - Mar. 23, 2011

This is good journalism there are many quotes and the story is very interesting.

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Don Bertschman
3.7
by Don Bertschman - Mar. 29, 2011
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Eddie Anguiano
4.7
by Eddie Anguiano - Mar. 23, 2011

This is really good journalism. It has a lot of direct quotes and it has a lot of information in it. it keeps you interested. he also provides a lot of detail and doesn't make it sound like its one sided and he doesn't really express his opinion on anything, he is just stating the facts of the story.

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Desirae Acosta
4.6
by Desirae Acosta - Mar. 24, 2011

I believe this is good journalism. They were all SO brave! They admit that getting the story wasnt worth their lives, which is true. However, they took that risk just to inform others. I respect their dedication and bravery throughout the process. Reading this made everything ten times more real. When I hear personal stories I feel a bigger impact. Although this story was persoal, i didn't feel like it was biased. No opinions were ever shared, only details which also makes this good journalism.

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Aaron Server
4.0
by Aaron Server - Mar. 23, 2011

I feel that this was a big example of story telling. The report was very interesting and kept me involved until the very end, which is a feat in itself. On that note, I feel that the story telling makes it somewhat opinionated as well. It was factual in the sense that they experienced it first hand, but i can't help but feel some of it is for dramatic effect in order to make it more interesting. There are also unquestionable opinions that add more to the story telling whether it discredits it as journalism or not.

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Garett Rosenquist
3.8
by Garett Rosenquist - Mar. 24, 2011

Great story, but it did not seem like news, rather an actual story. the first picture is amazing.

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Allyson Vogl
3.7
by Allyson Vogl - Mar. 23, 2011

This article makes good use of names, quotes and an in depth account of the story to give as much detail as possible about the events that took place. It also gives a great amount of information by describing the events of each day.

I also enjoyed the use of language and word choice. it helped give an active account of the story and held my interest.

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Adrian Potter
3.9
by Adrian Potter - Mar. 23, 2011

WOW!! this is a great!! After reading this, it made me question if being a journalist makes you more vulnerable to be held captive.

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Paige Gore
3.4
by Paige Gore - Mar. 24, 2011

I think that the writing is well done and the story is intriguing. However, it is almost an opinion piece because it is shown from this writer's point of view. He groups all of the captives feelings into one feeling, so the audience does not know how everyone felt individually. The author did explain some of the things that his comrades had said and what was done to each of them, which gave a broader aspect to what was happening. I enjoyed the story very much, I just don't think that it showed a big picture to anything, it just described their time in captivity.

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