NBC News Revises Its Account of 2012 Kidnapping of News Team

Apr 16, 2015  •  Post A Comment

NBC News has posted a revised account of a 2012 incident in which chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and five of his team members were kidnapped in Syria.

Deadline.com reports that the revisions refute the original account that the crew was kidnapped by Shiite militiamen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That account was based on the conclusions of Engel and others in the news division based on information available at the time.

“New reporting by Engel and producers at NBC News, prompted initially by inquiries from The New York Times, led them to conclude that the kidnappers likely were Sunnis with criminal ties and not Shiites sympathetic to Assad,” Deadline reports.

The NBC team was held for five days before gaining freedom after a gun battle at a rebel checkpoint, the piece notes.

The news division appears to have taken quick action on its account as soon as new information surfaced, with the Brian Williams situation raising awareness of the potential damage from inaccurate reporting.

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