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29 Chinese Workers Captured in Sudan

China Digital Times  January 29, 2012

Sudanese claimed on Sunday that they abducted 29 Chinese road workers after a battle between the rebels and the Sudanese army, though the army claims the rebels attacked the workers’ compound. From Reuters:

The army has been fighting rebels of the SPLM-N in South Kordofan bordering newly independent South since June. Fighting spread to the northern Blue Nile state in September.

“We are holding 29 Chinese workers after a battle with the army yesterday,” a spokesman for the SPLM-N said. “They are in good health. We are holding them for their own safety because the army was trying to strike again.”

The army said rebels had attacked the compound of a Chinese construction company operating in the area between the towns of Abbasiya and Rashad in the north of the state and captured 70 civilians.

“Most of them are Chinese. They (the rebels) are targeting civilians,” said army spokesman Sawarmi Khalid Saad.

Chinese state media reported on Monday that all contact had been lost with the workers, while Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party condemned the attack and a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry confirmed that the two sides had begun emergency procedures. , the employer of the abducted Chinese nationals, told Xinhua News that it had launched its own emergency response:

January 30, 2012 Posted by | Africa, Safety and Security Issues, Sudan | , , , , | Leave a comment

Four New York Times staffers go missing in Libya

By Joshua Norman CBS News March 16, 2011

Covering the various uprisings in the Middle East has proven incredibly hazardous for the journalism profession, no more so than in Libya.

Just last week, an Al Jazeera cameraman was shot and killed covering the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi.

On Wednesday, an award-rich team of reporters and photographers from the New York Times went missing, the paper announced.

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In a report on the newspaper’s Media Decoder blog, it states:

“Editors at the paper said they were last in contact with the journalists on Tuesday morning New York time. The paper said it had received second-hand reports that members of its reporting team on the ground in the port city of Ajdabiya had been swept up by Libyan government forces.”

The Times’ executive editor Bill Keller said the Libyan government has assured the paper that they will find and return the journalists as soon as possible, if they were indeed captured by government forces.

The missing journalists are all combat-reporting veterans. They are: reporter Anthony Shadid, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2010 for his Iraq war coverage; reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and later freed by British commandos; photographer Tyler Hicks, who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, to name a few; and photographer Lynsey Addario, who has also covered most of the world’s large conflicts in the last decade.  Please read the entire story here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Journalists, Libya, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment