Should We Ever Negotiate with Terrorists? The Italian government confirmed the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for the freedom of a kidnapped Italian reporter. The deal is being sharply criticized by other governments. Does this send the wrong message to potential hostage takers? Does it put journalists at increased risk?
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Should We Ever Negotiate with Terrorists?

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Should We Ever Negotiate with Terrorists?

Should We Ever Negotiate with Terrorists?

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The Italian government confirmed the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for the freedom of a kidnapped Italian reporter. The deal is being sharply criticized by other governments. Does this send the wrong message to potential hostage takers? Does it put journalists at increased risk?

GUESTS:

Ian Fisher, New York Times reporter

Vincent Brossel, in charge of the Asia-Pacific Desk for Reporters Without Borders

Gianni Picco, former UN Hostage negotiator, consultant on political risk