Joel Simon - We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom — in conversation with Indira Lakshmanan, executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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Simon’s question is urgent and complicated: should governments pay ransom to terrorists? Many European countries, including France, Spain, and Germany, have paid millions of dollars to terrorist groups while the U.S. and Britain have argued that paying ransom would encourage kidnapping and further endanger their citizens. Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, explores the ethical, legal, and strategic aspects of this issue by tracing the consequences of a recent kidnapping by ISIS. After the group abducted Western aid workers and journalists in Syria in 2012, it eventually released the Europeans, but executed the British and Americans, including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Will this uncompromising stand deter future abductions or was this too high a price to pay? Simon, executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists, will be in conversation with Indira Lakshmanan, executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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ISBN: 9780999745427
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - October 9th, 2018

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