Two French Journalists Killed

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Two French journalists were killed after interviewing Ambeiry Ag Rhissa, an official with the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad. The journalists were forced into a truck by a couple of men from the local area as they resisted being pulled in.  The first thing that the media linked this situation to was the hostages held earlier that were released by Al Qaeida. However, there are other people and types of people who hold others as hostages not only Al Qaeida. I am not fighting for Al Qaeida, but I am saying that why does the media just assume if they don’t have real evidence. Besides, the french government didn’t care that much for the journalists because they didn’t even bother sending forces to rescue them or let the higher powers know what happened to them. The criminals had so much time on their hands that the French government could have helped them but decided not to. When the kidnappers saw that nothing is happening they just decided to slit their throats since they have nothing to their name and accomplished nothing from this kidnap. Why were two journalists from France walking around a place that has so much tensions with France without being watched. Moreover, they did not offer them security because the place where they left from is unsafe, interviewing an important political leader in Kidal. When they were kidnapped, the two political men that were being interviewed saw them taking the journalists in and did not do anything. Why doesn’t anyone shame these two men? Instead, they shame any name that has a bad reputation already just to put people in silence and assume so they don’t have to do their investigations. “That’s the idea that’s circulating in town now: All you have to do is kidnap a Westerner, and you can get millions,” that’s the mentality there, which is true. It literally says it all there because they wouldn’t even bother searching for these criminals, just give money until the country runs out of it. Instead of finding these criminals to deter other people from doing the same doings, they just get paid off to be silence and get over with it. I truly believe that the media makes random assumptions and are the reason for all those crimes due to the talks that they put and portray between everyone. It has a huge affect on the people that are also not involved in politics nor are from that specific country, like me as an example. After reading this article, it actually really bothers me that they always jump in against anything Arab and say that they are to blame. Yes, Arabs have created a bad image for themselves, but it doesn’t mean that one should assume its them all the time in every negative situation that happens anywhere around the world. Next time, France should worry about their foreign journalists and hire more security around them to avoid situations like these in the future at any time.

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