"But NBC News has been asking every reporter who inquires about the report to participate in a news blackout. It has also taken to Twitter and asked people who repeated the Turkish reports there to take them down."
The story is reminiscent of the tale of New York Times reporter David Rohde, who made it safely back from the hands of the Taliban (presumably) thanks to a news blackout. Richard Engel last reported from Syria on December 11th. [The Atlantic Wire]