The New York Times has a fascinating story about the kidnapping of one of its reporters, Pulitzer prize winner David Rohde. He, along with his interpreter and driver, were kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan on Nov. 10., and for 7 months – until Rohde managed to escape – the NYT kept the news from breaking out to increase his chance of survival. The hardest part of it? Keeping the news off Wikipedia().
Anyone that’s ever worked in a media publication knows that however tense or difficult their relations between other media publications may be, when a horrible accident happens or when human lives are at stake, it’s generally not hard to keep the news a secret. A couple of phone calls to other editors should do the trick, but what do you do when you want to keep the news off a site like Wikipedia, which has thousands of editors?
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