Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Still Missing...

Michelle reminds us that Fox News Channel reporter Steve Centanni and freelance cameraman Olaf Wiig are still missing.

Steve's brother Ken:
"Our brother, Steve Centanni, was kidnapped on August 14th, last Monday. I would like his captors to know that Steve is an honorable man who always tries to do what is right. Steve has strong respect for the Palestinian people and their culture. Steve was in Gaza with Olaf Wiig to report the truth. He is far more valuable to the Palestinian people free as a journalist than as a captive. We love Steve very much and now his health, his safety and his life is your responsibility. Please, contact our family. Let us know that he is alive and unharmed."
His sister Gina:
"We deeply believe that all human beings share a common longing for peace. Even when we are driven by desperation or fear or rage, the most authentic part of any human being is our ability to access our humanity. Remember how to love and how to tolerate and understand.

Nobody believes this more than Steve. So, in that sense, he’s our brother but he is your brother too. And to Steve we want to say that we love you and that we’re thinking about you every minute of every day. We’re feeling lots of emotions right now but the one thing we’re not feeling is despair. You are a man of courage, compassion, integrity and hope. We’ve taken comfort in the absolute knowledge that if anybody can hang in there in a situation like this, you can. We feel sure that you’re going to be OK. See you soon."
Wiig's wife, Anita McNaught:
"The bottom line is, there is no good reason for these two men to be held. They are friends of the Palestinians. They are here telling the Palestinian story for weeks now, when the rest of the world’s media has not been here."

Directing her words to her husband in the on-camera interview and choking back tears, McNaught said: "It’s going to be all right. You are going to come home to me."
Why so little coverage? Is Centanni not well-known enough? Would the coverage be different if they were CNN employees?

Just asking.

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