Most media avoid identifying 23 Korean hostages as ‘Christians’…why?

You may have heard the story. Twenthy-three South Koreans were kidnapped at gunpoint from a bus in Ghazni province’s Qarabagh district on Thursday as they traveled on the main highway from Kabul to the southern city of Kandahar.


July 25, 2007

And now: One of 23 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban has been killed, and militants have threatened to execute 14 others, a local official and a Taliban spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.

Call me strange, but wouldn’t one of your first questions be what were 23 South Koreans doing traveling on a bus in Afghanistan? Aren’t they a little out of place?

And here’s my bonus question and the one that bugs me most: why isn’t mainstream media answering my first question?

I know there is a lot of hesitancy to point to a “Holy War” or a battle of religions when it comes to anything coming out of the Middle East these days. But why?

Isn’t it significant that these 23 Korean hostages, with now one of them killed, were Christians? I would think it’s at least worth a mention. However, none of the stories I read on this subject mentioned the fact…accept those coming out of the Christian media, including blogs.

Funny how some are quick to give the story, but fail to do some basic reporting. In journalism school you are taught that your story should answer the “Five W” questions. Apparently, most covering the Korean hostage story forgot about the “who” and “why” questions.

To start getting to the root of this story, you can look to the reports out of Here’s how they handled the story:

Taliban Kills Korean Hostage
The Voice of the Martyrs has learned that the Taliban has killed one of the twenty-three Korean Christian hostages they have been holding hostage since last week. Reuters is reporting that the Taliban have expressed frustration over the fact that three deadlines passed without their demands being met and have threatened to kill more of the hostages.

The twenty-three, including eighteen women, belong to the “Saemmul Church” in Bundang, a city outside South Korea’s capital, Seoul. They were working at Korean Action, an aid organization in Kandahar. Most of the Koreans are in their 20s and 30s, and include nurses and English teachers.

Since the kidnapping, South Korea has banned its citizens from traveling to Afghanistan.

Please pray for a peaceful resolution to this crisis. Pray for the safety of the hostages and pray for their loved ones at home in Korea.

For more information on the difficulties facing Christians in Afghanistan, go to


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