CNN reopens Beirut bureau 12 years after kidnapping
May 27, 1997
Web posted at: 1:01 p.m. EDT (1701 GMT)
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- CNN reopened its Beirut office
Tuesday after a 12-year absence forced by Lebanon's
1975-1990 civil war and a spate of kidnappings of Westerners,
including the network's bureau chief in Lebanon
Cable News Network closed its bureau in 1985 after the
kidnapping of bureau chief Jerry Levin. who was released
after 100 days. The reopened bureau is to be staffed by
non-Americans and headed by British journalist Brent Sadler,
44, who often reported from Lebanon during the war and
suffered a gunshot wound in the arm in 1983.
The United States currently bans its citizens from going to
Lebanon. The ban was imposed in 1985 after Islamic militants
hijacked a TWA airliner and killed a U.S. passenger. Other
news organizations also use non-American employees in
Lebanon is seeking to have the U.S. ban lifted, and Prime
Minister Rafik Hariri called CNN's decision "evidence of
confidence in Lebanon." Beirut earned the reputation as the
world's most dangerous city for international citizens in the
late 1980s because of kidnappings by Islamic fundamentalists.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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