Turkish News sources have been reporting for the last 24 hours that journalist Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria. Several Turkish sources, including the newspaper Hurriyet, and Turkish News Channel NTV, which advertises itself as an international partner of cable news station MSNBC, are reporting that NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent and Middle East Bureau Chief, Richard Engel, has not been heard from since Thursday morning. NTV says a Turkish reporter, Aziz Akyavaş, who has been working with Engel is also missing. The two are believed to be inside Syria, reporting on the escalating civil unrest in that country, as rebels try to unseat Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
NBC News has had no comment on the report, which it has characterized as “rumor.” According to the website Gawker, NBC has been actively trying to suppress journalists from reporting on Engel’s disappearance. Despite their requests, several America journalists, including Slate’s Dave Weigel, and Current TV’s David Schuster, who worked with Engel at MSNBC, have voiced their concern on Twitter regarding Engel’s disappearance.
Engel has long been known for his fearless exploits inside war zones. Let’s hope he will soon resurface with his boyish smile, and another tale of intrigue. If there ever was a time we needed some Christmas magic, this would be a good one.
Update: Richard Engel has been rescued by Syrian rebels in a firefight. You can read the update here.
Images from Richard Engel’s Facebook page.
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