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US should seek non-military options in hostage-takings: journalist group

Reporters Without Borders says tragic outcomes in hostage-takings by Islamic extremists have become more and more frequent, underscoring the growing dangers facing journalistsA journalists’ group called on the United States Saturday to explore alternatives to military action in dealing with hostage-takings, after an American and a South African were killed in a failed rescue attempt in Yemen. Luke Somers, an American photojournalist, and Pierre Korkie, a teacher, were killed early Saturday in the unsuccessful rescue operation in Yemen’s southeastern Shabwa province. Reporters Without Borders said tragic outcomes in hostage-takings by Islamic extremists have become more and more frequent, underscoring the growing dangers facing journalists. “We again urge the US government, which has announced its intention to review its policy on hostages, to explore all alternatives to the military option and to make every effort to guarantee the safety of the civilians involved,” said Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders.

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