Monday, November 06, 2006

Anita McNaught. Journalist

Anita McNaught was a highly professional news presenter back in New Zealand before disappearing overseas into other work.

Today I found this article titled Lessons from a hostage crisis at

She wrote: You just know when the Head of News for the company your husband freelances for tracks you down at a Damascus hotel late in the evening that he’s not ringing to offer you a job. You know as the unfamiliar TV executive hastily introduces himself that he’s calling you with extremely bad news.

Probably to tell you your man has been killed. So it was with a perverse sense of relief that I heard the man from Fox News tell me that Olaf Wiig had been abducted at gunpoint in Gaza City three hours previously, and had not been seen since.And my first coherent thought following that relief was: “Get to Gaza.

You get an idea of what is special about her when you read ... When it came to Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni’s abduction I had one strong gut feeling: That this was a problem that had to be resolved by the Palestinian people in their own fashion, and that any clumsy or less than benign outside interference would at best only prolong the crisis, and at worst turn it into a much more serious one.


Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Wonderful - thank you for sharing that story and link. I cannot imagine the emotional restraint it took for that woman to dig in, do what she needed to do to cooperate with the enivronment of Gaza and have the patience and saavy to get them freed.

woman wandering said...

I always had the idea she was a little bit stunning, this confirmed it.