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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:27 PM

Richard Engel is Missing in Syria!!!

NBC News Enforces News Blackout

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports. The reports also say that Aziz Akyavaş, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for. NBC News has been successfully keeping Engel's status subject to a news blackout—one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is reporting that Engel and Akyavaş were last known to be in Syria and haven't been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning. The news has been reported widely in the Turkish press over the past 24 hours, including by Turkish news channel NTV, which presents itself as an international partner of MSNBC. It's also been widely distributed on Twitter.

But NBC News has been asking every reporter who inquires about the report to participate in a news blackout. It has also taken to Twitter and asked people who repeated the Turkish reports there to take them down. You can see here a screengrab of the Twitter account @NBCComm asking a Twitter user who had mentioned the reports to urgently call a cell phone number (that account has since been taken down).
http://gawker.com/5969029/richard-engel-is-missing-in-syria-nbc-news-enforces-news-blackout

I've always been so afraid for his safety, always fearless going into the worlds hot bed. Adore Rich & praying for his safe return.

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sasha031 Dec 2012 OP
CitizenLeft Dec 2012 #1
LeftinOH Dec 2012 #2
Barack_America Dec 2012 #3
The Blue Flower Dec 2012 #4
Walk away Dec 2012 #5
LancetChick Dec 2012 #6
Gothmog Dec 2012 #7
FarCenter Dec 2012 #8
cali Dec 2012 #9
Egnever Dec 2012 #10
ErikJ Dec 2012 #11
HappyMe Dec 2012 #12
sasha031 Dec 2012 #13
Cleita Dec 2012 #14
WCGreen Dec 2012 #15

Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:33 PM

1. oh no no no

I love him, he's great. Oh no. Trying not to leap to awful conclusions...

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:34 PM

2. Oh, crap.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:34 PM

3. Wow. Please let him be safe. His would be significant loss.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:36 PM

4. doubly dangerous for him

Being Jewish, with cousins who had the last name Engel, that he had a Jewish background, which made these posts doubly dangerous for him personally.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:41 PM

5. Terrible news. Let's hope he is heard from and home safe soon.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 02:49 PM

6. Ditto all of the above posts.

This is frightening, especially since he's such a familiar face. I hope hope hope he's ok.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:07 PM

7. This is terrible

I hope that he is safe. Engel is a great battlefield reporter

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:17 PM

9. bullshit.

so women shouldn't either, eh?

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:21 PM

10. This isn't his first journey into one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

The guy has balls of steel. I hope he turns up safe. He has done a lot of really great reporting on the ground over the years. He is one reporter I have nothing but respect for. One of the very few.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:28 PM

11. Spooky-I saw him on TV last Friday and was thinking this very thing

how he might be killed or kidnapped as he was talking. He could have been abducted or killed right after that. Am I psychic?

Then last night I was on Fox Nation and somebody posted the rumor about his disappearance on Twitchy which I posted here. DU-ers scoffed at it cuz it was from n(Michelle Malkin's?) Twitchy.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:37 PM

12. I hope he turns up

safe & sound.

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:01 PM

13. Update, reported in the UK, he's been missing since Thursday

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Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:27 PM

14. ...

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Response to sasha031 (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:30 PM

15. A true journalist....

He brings a unique perspective to war torn areas by both covering the reasons and the tragedy of war in a way that doesn't dance on the graves of those lost.

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