Save the date! The Columbia Journalism Review presents "We Want To Negotiate" with Joel Simon

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6:00pm — 7:00pm
Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University
The World Room
2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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“A wise and thorough investigation of the painful conundrum posed by terrorist kidnappings. Simon makes a cogent argument about how to change our current, failed approach to negotiation.” — Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower and The Terror Years

Starting in late 2012, Westerners working in Syria — journalists and aid workers — began disappearing without a trace. A year later the world learned they had been taken hostage by the Islamic State. Throughout 2014, all the Europeans came home, first the Spanish, then the French, then an Italian, a German, and a Dane. In August 2014, the Islamic State began executing the Americans — including journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, followed by the British hostages.

Joel Simon, who in nearly two decades at the Committee to Protect Journalists has worked on dozens of hostages cases, delves into the heated hostage policy debate. The Europeans paid millions of dollars to a terrorist group to free their hostages. The US and the UK refused to do so, arguing that any ransom would be used to fuel terrorism and would make the crime more attractive, increasing the risk to their citizens. We Want to Negotiate is an exploration of the ethical, legal, and strategic considerations of a bedeviling question: Should governments pay ransom to terrorists?
Joel Simon is the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has written widely on media issues, contributing to SlateColumbia Journalism ReviewThe New York Review of BooksWorld Policy JournalAsahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. He has led numerous international missions to advance press freedom. His new book, We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom, will be published by Columbia Global Reports on January 22, 2019. His previous book, The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom, was published by Columbia University Press in November 2014. Follow him on Twitter at @Joelcpj.

Click here to read Joel Simon's oped in the Washington Post on "What Makes Jamal Khashoggi's Alleged Murder So Depraved."

Kyle Pope is the Editor in Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. A seasoned newspaper editor and reporter who worked for a decade at The Wall Street Journal, was editor-in-chief of The New York Observer, deputy editor of Portfolio magazine, and editor-in-chief of a chain of hyperlocal weeklies in Manhattan. Follow him on Twitter at@kylepope.

Janine di Giovanni is an author, foreign correspondent, and current Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a regular contributor to The Times, Vanity Fair, Granta, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Di Giovanni has written a number of books and made two long format documentaries for the BBC. She is herself a subject in the documentary films No Man's Land (1993), Bearing Witness (2005) and 7 Days in Syria (2015). In 2013, di Giovanni was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world of armed violence by the organization Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Follow her on Twitter at@janinedigi.

 

 

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Starting in late 2012, Westerners working in Syria — journalists and aid workers — began disappearing without a trace. A year later the world learned they had been taken hostage by the Islamic State. Throughout 2014, all the Europeans came home, first the Spanish, then the French, then an Italian, a German, and a Dane.… more

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