The absurdity of trying to whitewash the 60 minute kidnapping by using kids


Of course, the journalists’ family has gone to the media to try and tug on the heart strings

Worried families of the Australian 60 Minutes television crew detained in Lebanon over a kidnapping case say they have not told some of their children what’s happening.

They have spoken of their anguish for the first time since journalist Tara Brown and her crew, Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice, were arrested on April 7.

“It’s not an easy conversation to have with a five- or seven-year-old who ask as they go to sleep each night when mummy or daddy is coming home,” the families said in a joint statement reported by the Nine Network on Sunday.

The 60 Minutes crew and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are in jail, facing kidnapping charges after they allegedly tried to retrieve Ms Faulkner’s two children from their father, Ali Elamine.

Despite the urging of a Lebanese judge to end their custody battle, lawyers negotiating on behalf of Ms Faulkner and her estranged Lebanese-American husband have failed to reach agreement and the case will return to court on Monday.

The families of the Nine crew are trying to stay strong.

“From what we know, they are in good health, keeping their spirits up and are being looked after by the Lebanese authorities.

“You can’t imagine how comforting it is to know that. That is all that is getting us through at the moment.”

Of course it is normal to want them back unharmed, but the absolute stupidity of flying to another country to be part of a crew that was intending to kidnap children isn’t a minor matter.

Doesn’t stop the families saying how their own children are affected because “loophole” parents are now in jail in Lebanon.

There are only losers here, including, once again, media credibility.

Sorry kids, but your mummy and daddy went off to steal some children from another country.


– AAP via ODT

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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