Iraq hits close

Just received an email from some friends that a fellow journalist we know, Micah Garen, is in serious trouble. When I learned the kind of trouble he’s in, I was shocked as it turns out that Micah has been kidnapped by armed insurgent in Iraq and could possibly be their next victim.

I worked with Micah at Earthweb in the mid-90s. He’s a really nice guy and a great journalist. Not only that, but he’s also a great developer, who helped us launched the initial push channel for the developer.com network, back in 1997. Please help spread the word about this….

Update

Beyond spreading the word, you should also try to call your elected representatives to voice your concern on this. Ask them to contact Jenny Fu at the State Department. She’s the one monitoring the situation.

Update 2

Australian News reports that Moqtada al-Sadr is intervening. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Update 3

The Associated Press reports that the militants have promised to release him today (08/20/04).

Update 4

The Associated Press reports that kidnappers have lifted their death threats (08/21/04).

Update 5 (Final)

Micah has been released! Score +1 for the good guys… and here’s to hoping other kidnappees will be released soon. (08/22/04)

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