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Friday, January 27, 2012

Michael Scott Moore, Former SF Weekly Writer, Kidnapped by Somali Pirates

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

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Michael Scott Moore, who previously worked as a theater critic for SF Weekly, was reportedly captured by Somali pirates over the weekend while he was traveling to central Somalia to research for his book about Somali pirates.

The LA Times reports that Moore was on his way to the airport when 15 men in two SUVs kidnapped him, believing he was perhaps a spy. The U.S. State Department issued a statement expressing concern for Moore, who is a Los Angeles resident, and his safety. His captors have threatened to kill him unless a ransom is paid. A specific amount was not specified.

"We have been in contact with the individual's family and we are working with contacts in Kenya and Somalia to ascertain further information," the State Department said in a statement to the press.

John Mecklin, former editor in chief for SF Weekly, wrote on his blog about the kidnapping, saying he is "disturbed" by the news of his former colleague and friend who he has known for more than 15 years.

According to Mecklin:

"Mike is a genuinely decent man, and I'm truly horrified by the thought he's been taken. I'm hoping for a miracle that gets him released quickly and thinking, madly, about ways to help.  I haven't come up with much so far, except to ask the journalists who read my blog to contact their State Department connections. I suspect that State is already doing all it can, but it can't hurt for journalists to make it clear they care about the safety of journalists. I really don't know what else to do right now. Suggestions are welcome."

We are hoping he is released safely.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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