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Friday, March 04, 2005

Apparently, March 4th is International Released From Capture Day. First, in the wee hours of the morning, the entire nation breathed a collective sigh of relief when it learned that everyone's favorite tea-cozy enthusiast/securities fraudster, Martha Stewart, was released from prison without incident. She now has to suffer through five months of house arrest, poor girl. Of course, the 'house' is a $16-million, 153-acre estate in upstate New York, so we shouldn't feel too sorry. Although, if she wanders too far from the grounds while gardening, she may be blown up.

And on the other side of the world today, a cause for real celebration when Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who has been held hostage in Iraq for nearly a month, was finally freed. All of Italy erupted in joy at the news... until they learned that the car carrying Sgrena was shot at by US forces, wounding the freed captive and killing her negotiator. Oops. I guess maybe former CNN exec Eason Jordan was right, we ARE shooting at journalists – but only those coming fresh off the trauma of being held at gunpoint by insurgents for a month.

And how come nobody took a shot at Martha?

Martha Comes Home: An interactive timeline.
Watch Martha's carefully staged release. (video)
Reporters w/o Borders: A Sgrena timeline.

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