Handling the media and social media – a guide for families and former hostages


This guide is for families and former hostages who want guidance on handling the media and social media activity during and after a kidnap. Some kidnaps draw considerable media attention which can be intrusive, confusing and stressful for those trying to cope with or recover from a kidnap incident. Even if the kidnap incident stays under the radar of the media and general public awareness, families need to think about the privacy settings of their social media accounts to assist in the resolution of the incident.

This guide gives an overview of what to expect from the media, what they may want and how to handle relationships with journalists. Remember that you do not have to speak to anyone about what you are going through – the wellbeing of you and your family are the ultimate priority.