Should we be following the plight of the hostages in Iraq day-by-day?
People are certainly asking "what's happened to the peacemaker hostages?" Friends who know I'm a journalist come up and ask me that in the hope I have some inside information.
I don't, and if we did I guess we'd feel some responsibility not to broadcast it in case it hampered the negotiations.
But maybe we should be keeping their capitivity in the headlines to maintain the pressure on governments and anyone who has influence.
In domestic kidnappings, where people are snatched by criminals trying to extort money, the press usually hold to agreements with police not to publicise kidnappings so they can negotiate without such pressure.
But this kind of militant kidnapping isn't normal.