You may well have read that the Guardian’s Baghdad correspondent, Rory Carroll, was kidnapped by gunmen in Baghdad yesterday. The editor, Alan Rusbridger, had this to say:
“We’re deeply concerned at Rory’s disappearance. He is in Iraq as a professional journalist – and he’s a very good, straight journalist whose only concern is to report fairly and truthfully about the country. We urge those holding him to release him swiftly – for the sake of his family and for the sake of anyone who believes the world needs to be kept fully informed about events in Iraq today.”
There’s nothing I can add to that, but here’s some links to Rory’s stories from Baghdad. I really hope he’s safe.
Carroll, the Guardian: Patient Shias file in to end centuries of
exclusion (January 31 2005)
Carroll, the Guardian: Reporters at risk (September 12 2005)
Carroll, the Guardian: A slow rebirth for Baghdad the beautiful (April
Carroll, the Guardian: As politicians wrestle with Iraq’s future, citizens
worry about the present (August 13 2005)
Carroll, the Guardian: Cola wars as Coke moves on Baghdad (July 5 2005)
Carroll, the Guardian: Bubbles of Kabul (April 20 2005)
Carroll, the Guardian: For once, families in Baghdad phone to check on
loved ones in Britain (July 9 2005)
UPDATE: Rory was released safe and well after a couple of days. Great news. Even better news was how he came straight out and said he’d be back in Iraq after a rest. What an extraordinary person.