Irish New York Times’ journalist Declan Walsh; New York Times

This morning.

Publisher of the New York Times, reports:

“The current [US] administration, however, has retreated from our country’s historical role as a defender of the free press. Seeing that, other countries are targeting journalists with a growing sense of impunity.

… let me tell you a story I’ve never shared publicly before. Two years ago, we got a call from a United States government official warning us of the imminent arrest of a New York Times reporter based in Egypt named Declan Walsh.

…this particular call took a surprising and distressing turn. We learned the official was passing along this warning without the knowledge or permission of the Trump administration.

Rather than trying to stop the Egyptian government or assist the reporter, the official believed, the Trump administration intended to sit on the information and let the arrest be carried out. The official feared being punished for even alerting us to the danger.

Unable to count on our own government to prevent the arrest or help free Declan if he were imprisoned, we turned to his native country, Ireland, for help.

Within an hour, Irish diplomats traveled to his house and safely escorted him to the airport before Egyptian forces could detain him.”

The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World (AG Sulzberger, The New York Times)

18 thoughts on “Saving Declan

  1. eoin

    Why did the Egyptian authorities want to arrest Declan Walsh? It doesn’t say in the article, does it? Because if it was for something unconnected to press freedom, I’d be fairly upset at the action of our foreign affairs people.

      1. postmanpat

        Probably nothing serious (by western standards) but why print contextual facts when it would only subtract from the Trump bashing? Don’t get me wrong, Trumps a terrible person but this selective reporting is irritating.

      1. eoin

        Ah, I see. Do we know if the “source” who claimed the Egyptians were about to arrest Declan was on the money? I see that Declan returned to Egypt a few weeks later and wasn’t arrested or hassled; presumably after he made his “escape” he tried to find out if he was wanted by the Egyptian police and was told he wasn’t. So, did the Americans ignore the information because they didn’t believe it or was there a more nefarious reason (“Trump hates the press”)?

  2. Termagant

    Why would the Trump administration care about whether or not an Irish journalist was arrested in Egypt for publishing a story about the death of an Italian student?

  3. italia'90

    If you are gullible enough to believe the first 2 sentences, then there is no hope for ye at all.
    No actual facts, as usual. Typical gaslighting by a powerful press organisation.
    Just a made up narrative from the TPTB.
    Have you seen the pathetic apologies by Dean Baquet from the NYT about it’s role in Russiagate?
    I’m pretty sure most of you haven’t.
    There’s been some dangerous revisionism happening there recenty.

    The NY Times has been promoting and apologising for America’s militarist and racist policies for it’s entire existence and is used to destroy lives and economies as we all have witnessd with Iraq/Libya/Syria/Afghanistan/Venezuela… the list goes on and can be traced back over many decades.

    It’s seems facts are not needed for starting wars or invading mineral rich lands?

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