Amanda Lindhout gives thanks

Maybe Amanda Lindhout really is not a journalist, as some critics have recently charged. Her first statement since being freed
from her Somali kidnappers and arriving back home in Canada reveals
that she is not nearly cynical, jaded or miserable enough for some of
us in our surly craft. She’s almost certainly too emotional. She
might even be too classy to qualify as a real journalist.

Excerpts from Lindhout’s statement, in which she thanked numerous
people including her family, groups, even the Canadian government which
has been much-criticized in her case:

“Home at last! After being in captivity for so long, I can’t begin to
describe how wonderful it feels to be home in Canada; without doubt the
best country in the world. The freedom, prosperity and peace we’re so
fortunate to enjoy, and often take for granted, truly holds new meaning
for me.”

Of Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, who was kidnapped and freed
along with Lindhout: “His strength of character in the midst of 
extreme hardship inspired me during the darkest days. Despite our
separation, he always managed to find small ways to remind me that
there are gentlemen in the world, even when I was surrounded by just
the opposite. His resilience and positive attitude after our ordeal is
a tribute to the strength of the human spirit. Nigel, I look forward to
seeing what amazing things you will do with your life.”

Of Canada: “I am so proud to be a Canadian. My faith in human decency
was sorely tested at times during my captivity, however after my
release, I am humbly reminded that mankind is inherently good by the
tremendous efforts and support of fellow Canadians…

“I went through an extremely trying ordeal, but I never forgot the
world outside was a beautiful place. The road to recovery will not
always be easy but I will take it one day at a time, focusing on the
moments I’ve dreamed about for so long. I am excited as I begin to walk
on a new path in life, one full of opportunities to help others.”

This heartfelt statement is proof that Lindhout’s status should be
reviewed by our governing body, whatsitcalled … the journalism bar
… or is it the college of scribes? The association of ___? Oh wait — journalism is not actually a “profession,” and she can
write whatever she wants,  call herself a journalist if she wishes.


Amanda Lindhout: welcome home. Glad you’re safe and sound. Be well.

Cliff Lonsdale discussed Lindhout’s case in this J-Source piece.