Romanian Journalists Taken Hostage in Iraq, Plea for Help (UPDATED)
UPDATE 10:40 PM: Reports are coming in that a fourth hostage was taken. The fourth hostage is an American......Check main page for updates......
Three Romanian Journalists have been kidnapped in Iraq. The three victims are Marie Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, and Edward Ovidiu Ohanesian (although the MSM is still reporting the last man as simply 'Ovidiu', his first name is Edward). As we have noted many times before, paying the ransom demands of hostage takers often leads to more hostage taking...eh, Giuliana Sgena? Images: top, Prima TV camera man Sorin Dumitru Miscoci; bottom, Prima TV reporter Marie Jeanne Ion
Three Romanian journalists had finished interviewing Iraq's interim prime minister hours earlier when one of them sent an ominous text message back to her newsroom: "Help, this is not a joke, we've been kidnapped." The three were abducted Monday night near their Baghdad hotel, officials said Tuesday - the latest journalists to be taken hostage in Iraq. They were identified as reporter Marie Jeanne Ion, 32, and cameraman Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, 30, from Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, and Romania Libera reporter Ovidiu Ohanesian, 37. Petre Mihai Bacanu, managing editor of Romania Libera newspaper, said the three disappeared late Monday, shortly after interviewing interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Bacanu said no group had claimed responsibility and no ransom demand had been made. The three were abducted about 8:30 p.m. from a street next to the hotel, which is not in the city's heavily fortified Green Zone, a hotel employee who works at the reception desk told The Associated Press by telephone. A group from the Romanian Embassy told the hotel staff that their driver reported the three had been kidnapped, the employee said. The hotel, where other foreign journalists also stay, is in Baghdad's upscale Jadriya neighborhood and is surrounded by a concrete barrier, he said. A Prima TV statement said Ion called the newsroom, speaking a mixture of Romanian, Arabic and English, and was heard apparently talking to her abductors.Image right: Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian reporter for 'Romania Libera' newspaper,Guardian:
Prima TV said Ion had made a mobile phone call to the station shortly after the three were abducted. "Don't kill us, we are from a poor country and we have no money," Ion was quoted as saying. Their translator said that they were from Romania, a poor country and don't have money to pay a ransom. All I know they have been taken by force and we can't reach them any more," Mr Dumitru said. The disappearance of the three Romanians is just the latest kidnaping incident involving journalists in Iraq.In December, a pro-American President was elected in Romania. Even more importantly, President Traian Basescu was elected publicly proclaiming his support for U.S. policy in Iraq. Romania has 800 troops in Iraq and President Basescu made a surprise Easter visit to Iraq on Sunday.
Image: Marie Jeanne Ion (L) and cameraman Sorin Miscoci (R) from Romania's Prima TV UPDATE 11:22 (Central): The Sgrena effect has begun. FT:
Romania's government may face its first test in sustaining public support for the country's military presence in Iraq after three Romanian journalists went missing in Baghdad on Monday, presumed kidnapped.I understand 'old Europe' wanting to see democracy fail in Iraq, but 'new Europe' as well? UPDATE 1:08 (Central): A well informed source tells me that rumors have begun circulaiting that Ansar al-Sunna is responsible for the abduction of the three Romanian journalists. This would indeed be odd given that the journalists were abducted in Baghdad. Developing....... Others: Chad at In the Bullpen, Interested Participant, Opinion Bug, Hyscience, Digger,
One official in Bucharest said the government expected “some negative public reaction”, but added that much would depend on how the crisis was resolved.... Romania has been a strong supporter of the US mission in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. But an opinion poll released on Tuesday showed 55 per cent believed their country's 800 troops in Iraq should be brought home.
Posted by: electronicIDF at March 29, 2005 10:09 AM
Posted by: James Joyner at March 29, 2005 10:33 AM
The new ukrainian govt, that all the blogs loved dressed in orange, announced a pullout shortly after they came to power.
Posted by: actus at March 29, 2005 11:30 AM
Trust me... English people identify and sympathise a hell of a lot more with French people that we do with Polish (not that we don't love the Poles - their women are hot and they make great sausages) - the old / new contrast is just expedient rhetoric for Bush; its totally contrived and it's not at all representative of (splits in) European opinion.
Above all its just ridiculous to call two of Europes former (and now fallen) colonial powers 'new' - how can Italy and England be 'new' when we've been losing influence for thousands of years???
'Europe' is an incredibly fragile amalgamation - splitting its members into arbitrary poles (no pun intended), and doing so based purely on our relation to American politics, is meaningless and frankly offensive. IF there are ANY pan-Euro linkages then they are defined by overlappings of our histories, cultures and languages; NOT by Iraq, America, or the WOT (a concept most Europeans don't at all buy into).
Posted by: Martin at March 29, 2005 11:46 AM
Yup. It's the Liberal effect. Their good intentions usually lead to bad results.
Posted by: Carlos at March 29, 2005 02:05 PM
Posted by: Achillea at March 29, 2005 02:14 PM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 04:16 PM
Well, I'm Welsh/English & rate the Poles much more than the Frogs. In WW2, they gave us Enigma decrypt and a ton of very effective fighter pilots. Then they were the first to chuck out the Sovs.
Just an opinion.
I agree that Europe doesn't exist as a political entity (& likely never will). The Romanians (and other ex-Warsaw Pacters) I know are conditioned by their struggle to get out from under the Russians, and think that the US made that possible.
My call is they'll hang tough in Iraq.
Posted by: Gandalf at March 29, 2005 04:39 PM
Collin, not true. The vehicle was sent to Italy. On the other hand, the Italians are not cooperating with the Iraqi investigation into who purpetrated the kidnapping.
Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 29, 2005 04:59 PM
Posted by: Carlos at March 29, 2005 05:05 PM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 05:53 PM
it's a fluff peace with one hysterical Leftist woman (Amy Goodman) interviewing another hysterical Leftist woman (Naomi Klein), talking about a third hysterical Leftist woman (Sgrena).
The only reference in the article to Italian investigators being blocked was the sentence I quoted above. Flimsy to say the least, wouldn't you say?
So much from the Left is just rumour mongering.
Posted by: Carlos at March 29, 2005 06:06 PM
Posted by: Bullshark at March 29, 2005 06:54 PM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 29, 2005 06:58 PM
Posted by: greyrooster at March 30, 2005 05:01 AM
obviously. Are you of the thinking that our GIs are intentionally targeting journalists? There's no evidence for that, and to even insinuate it without evidence is despicable. Yet Michael Moore calls insurgents "minutemen" who go out of their way to kidnap journalists. I don't want to personally lump you in with the rest of your compatriots, but what in the hell is wrong with your side???
Posted by: Carlos at March 30, 2005 10:04 AM
Posted by: Collin Baber at March 30, 2005 05:42 PM
Posted by: greyrooster at March 30, 2005 10:05 PM
It's composed of lying, low life, America hating, pieces of cowardly dog shit like Colon Babler.
Posted by: greyrooster at March 30, 2005 10:08 PM
They've also been shot by Michael Moore's minutemen.
Posted by: Carlos at March 31, 2005 12:54 AM
Posted by: bob at March 31, 2005 08:28 PM
blue no red ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Posted by: joe at March 31, 2005 08:32 PM
Posted by: evy at April 01, 2005 11:36 PM
Posted by: radufluture at April 02, 2005 05:12 AM
my opinion is that the one from irak are looking to us like real enemy, because we are there to help the american people.the romanian army, there in irak, is a political interest and we can't say anythyng against or for..
they were just doing their job....they are journalist...what's their fault? they didn't deserve that
oana from romania
Posted by: oana at April 02, 2005 02:34 PM
Posted by: greyrooster at April 03, 2005 06:56 AM
(put an "o" before "grish"... i am filtered,moderated :´( ...)
and pray that these... does not happen anymore!
hags ang kisses...abrazos and besitos...pupici si imbratisari ---> Dany
Posted by: dany (romanian) from Spain at April 09, 2005 07:34 PM
Second how can somebody say Europeans have no identity? Isn't Europe the cradle of civilisation? Or again we are talking about a person who probably doesn't know on what planet he's living since he affirms something like this.
Third, all the reporters in Iraq are doing their job and their mission is to find out the truth. They are unfortunate because they get to find out what the truth is and this is certainly one thing that bothers both certain American and Iraqi big guys.
The real thing is that USA are running out of resources and they play the role of saviours hoping that a whole world is too stupid to see more than they want them to see, but meanwhile real, innocent people die every day!
May God have mercy on us!
Posted by: Andreea at April 22, 2005 02:52 PM
Posted by: arcan28 at April 23, 2005 05:27 AM
Posted by: doina at April 23, 2005 05:08 PM
La paix soit avec vous!
Posted by: maria at April 24, 2005 12:56 PM
et que l'amour l'emporte sur la haine
Posted by: jugurtha boumrar at April 24, 2005 01:10 PM
Posted by: mihai lucaciu at April 26, 2005 02:56 PM
May God give us the peace!
Posted by: Valentin at April 27, 2005 01:01 AM
Posted by: ADI at April 27, 2005 05:08 AM
Posted by: antiSAMfrom romania at April 27, 2005 07:55 AM
so they better calm down......
THEY DIDNT KNOW EVEN WHAT THEY REALY WANT BECAUSE THEYRE SO RETARDET freaks
LETS BOMB THE HOLE DAMN CITY AND END THEIR GOOD $ nothing, pathetic law
people do you agree me?
Posted by: MajorZoltar(Romanian warrior) at April 27, 2005 10:59 AM
If is true, why YOUR GOVT need OUR troops in Afganistan and Iraq ( paid by our money, from my taxes ) ?
KISS MY ROMANIAN ASS STUPID!
LET'S FREE OUR REPORTERS AND GO BACK HOME OUR SOLDIERS TO NOT SPEND MONEY FOR NOTHING!
Posted by: Ovidiu at April 27, 2005 01:35 PM
Posted by: adi at April 28, 2005 09:28 AM
Posted by: ana-maria at April 28, 2005 10:53 AM
Posted by: serghei at April 30, 2005 02:19 AM
We are waiting you home!!
Posted by: adi at May 01, 2005 05:49 PM
Posted by: adi at May 04, 2005 04:42 PM
Posted by: Nu stiu at May 22, 2005 08:29 AM
Cu bine nustiu
Posted by: Nu stiu at May 22, 2005 08:30 AM
Cu bine, nustiu
Posted by: Nu stiu at May 22, 2005 08:31 AM
Posted by: Monica_Romania at May 29, 2005 06:12 AM
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