Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News Richard Engel, along with three crew members, were released in Syria Monday after five days of imprisonment, and all were unharmed.
A statement released by NBC expresses:
"We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country."
There is no news yet as to the identity of those who took Richard and his crew captive, or what their motives were.
Richard has been reporting on the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for the better part of 2012, despite the fact that the Committee to Protect Journalists has named Syria the most dangerous place for press.
Journalism focused in high-conflict areas is an extremely high-risk profession and these people risk their lives daily to (hopefully) report truth and provide perspective so that readers and viewers can become a more informed citizenry. It is a truly noble cause!
We are SO happy to hear Richard and his people made it out safely…
Sending out prayers to all those still involved in this violent ordeal.
[Image via NBC.]
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