What Should A Government Do About A Hostage Crisis?
May 13, 1997
in this forum:
Does media affect negotiations? Were the commandos instructed to kill the rebels? What are conditions in Peruvian jails? What happened to the miners digging the tunnel? How would the United States have handled the crisis?
May 13, 1997:
A panel with Bob Taubert discusses the tactics used to re-take the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru.
February 3, 1997:
A newsmaker interview with Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.
January 27, 1997:
Charlayne Hunter-Gault gets an update on the hostage situation from NPR reporter Jonathan Miller.
January 2, 1997:
Jim Lehrer speaks with journalist Jonathan Miller, reporting live from Peru.
December 23, 1996:
Marxist rebels released 225 hostages from the Japanese ambassador's residence in a "good will" Christmas gesture.
December 19, 1996:
In a stunning attack, a band of Peruvian rebels stormed the Japanese embassy in Lima holding 490 hostage.
Browse NewsHour coverage of Latin America.
Albert Green of Richmond, VA asks
How does the constant media coverage affect negotiators? Are negotiators given some kind of media training to handle the intense coverage?
Bob Taubert responds:
Hostage negotiators, while on duty are isolated from everyone in the command post (CP). The media are not permitted to have access to the C.P. and noone except designated individuals will have contact with the media.
However, it is possible that live T.V. news coverage or radio broadcasts of sensitive information could be picked up by subjects under seige if they have receivers in the crisis-site. This is one reason authorities will cut power to a location that has been forceibly taken over.
William Schulz responds:
This issue lies outside Amnesty's mandate.