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We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom

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Central Library—Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W 5th St

Los Angeles, California 90071

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As the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon spends his time taking action on behalf of journalists who are targeted, attacked, imprisoned, or killed. He is an expert on how countries around the world handle the kidnapping of their nationals, including how they analyze and respond to intelligence and provide support for the hostage families. At a time when journalists are in greater danger than ever before, Simon’s newest book draws on his extensive experience interviewing former hostages, their families, employers, and policy makers to lay out a new approach to hostage negotiation. He is joined onstage by Sewell Chan, managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, as well as Federico Motka, an Italian aid worker who spent a year as a hostage of Isis in Syria.

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Main Image: "We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom" book cover


  • Sewell Chan

    Sewell Chan

    Los Angeles Times

    Deputy Managing Editor

  • Federico Motka

    Federico Motka

    FieldWorks

    Co-founder, former Isis hostage

  • Joel Simon

    Joel Simon

    Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    Executive Director


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