NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has been missing in Syria since last Thursday. Engel is very experienced in reporting from war zones. He spent years reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other host spots around the world.
NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria,according to Turkish news reports. The reports also say that Aziz Akyavaş, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for. NBC News has been successfully keeping Engel’s status subject to a news blackout—one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is reporting that Engel and Akyavaş were last known to be in Syria and haven’t been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning. The news has been reported widely in the Turkish press over the past 24 hours, including by Turkish news channel NTV, which presents itself as an international partner of MSNBC. It’s also been widely distributed on Twitter.
NBC News is asking for everyone to participate in a news blackout regarding Engel’s current status and is refusing to comment on the reports coming from Turkish media outlets. That could mean they either don’t know yet where he is or they know he’s been kidnapped and are working back channels.