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  • Looks like she was forced to make the video........
    • Rob (no login)
      Posted Mar 31, 2006 10:02 PM

      MSNBC staff and news service reports
      Updated: 7:24 p.m. ET March 31, 2006

      Video of kidnapped journalist Jill Carroll the night before her release is now being characterized by her employer The Christian Science Monitor as propaganda she was forced to take part in as the price for her freedom.

      In the video, which first appeared Thursday on a jihadist Web site, Carroll praises her captors for treating her well and attacks U.S. policies in Iraq. On Friday, The Christian Science Monitor, quoting Carroll's father, Jim Carroll, reported that the video was made while she was still "under her captors' control."

      Jill Carroll, a 28-year-old freelancer for the Monitor, was a hostage for 82 days before her release on Thursday. She is reportedly in seclusion in Baghdad now, and expected to travel back to the United States in a few days.

      Carroll, who was seized Jan. 7 in western Baghdad by gunmen who killed her Iraqi translator, is ¡°emotionally fragile¡± after her captivity, Monitor editor Richard Bergenheim said Friday.

      The CSM issued the report after Jim Carroll had a long telephone conversation with his daughter on Friday.

      The report says that contrary to comments she made in the video about lenient treatment by the kidnappers, who refer to themselves as the Revenge Brigade, Carroll lived in fear of the kidnappers who had killed her colleague Allen Anwiya, and that even the smallest details of her life — what she ate and when, what she wore, when she could speak — were at her captors' whim. Before making the video before her release, she was reportedly told that they had already killed another American hostage.

      In the video, Carroll appeared in a traditional Arab head-covering and said she had never been threatened or abused by her captors — comments that bewildered many viewers and drew harsh criticism from conservative bloggers and commentators.

      Before her release, the Monitor reported, Carroll's captors promised her freedom in exchange for cooperating in the making of the video, but she told her father she didn't believe them, because she had been promised freedom several times before.
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