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Encyclopedia > John McCarthy (journalist)

John Patrick McCarthy CBE (born November 26, 1956) is a British journalist who was kidnapped by terrorists in Lebanon in April 1986, and held hostage for more than five years. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... November 26 is the 330th day (331st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Terrorism refers to the use of violence for the purpose of achieving a political, religious, or ideological goal. ...

McCarthy, of Irish Catholic extraction, is known as Britain's longest-held hostage in Lebanon, having spent over five years in captivity until his release on August 8, 1991. He shared a cell with the Northern Irish Protestant, Brian Keenan for several years. August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Northern Ireland is an administrative region and one of four parts of the United Kingdom. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... Brian Keenan (born 1950 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish writer whose work includes the book An Evil Cradling, an account of the five years he spent as a hostage in the Lebanon. ...

He was appointed a Commander of the British Empire in 1992. He sailed around the coast of Britain with Sandi Toksvig in 1995, making a BBC documentary TV series and a book of the experience. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Sandi Toksvig, official photograph Sandi Toksvig (IPA: ) (born 3 May 1958 in Copenhagen) is a Danish comedian, author, and radio presenter based in the United Kingdom. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion (US$7. ...

He attended Haileybury and Imperial Service College, a public school in Hertfordshire. Coat of arms of Haileybury College This article refers to the school in England. ...

His former fiancée Jill Morrell had campaigned for his release and public expectations of a re-kindling of the romance between them were high. The couple wrote a book together about his ordeal but they separated amicably in 1994. McCarthy married Anna Ottewill in April 1999. Jill Morrell was the girlfriend of John McCarthy who was also a tireless and effective campaigner for his release from kidnappers who held him in Lebanon for more than 5 years. ...

Miscellaneous information

  • He is currently presenting episodes of the BBC Radio 4 travel programme 'Excess Baggage'.
  • The Stiff Little Fingers song Beirut Moon was inspired by John McCarthy's ordeal. It criticized the government for not acting to free him and was subsequently withdrawn from sale.[citation needed]
  • In the first Christmas special of the British comedy programme "The Office", David Brent (played by Ricky Gervais) explains how he would like to be interviewed by Michael Parkinson. His agent then says that Parkinson only interviews people who have done things. To which Brent replies "He had that guy in Lebanon who spent years chained to a radiator, what did he do? Nothing! He was chained to a radiator!" Referring to John McCarthy.

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  • Some Other Rainbow by John McCarthy and Jill Morrell (ISBN 0-563-39316-5)
  • Between Extremes by Brian Keenan and John McCarthy (ISBN 0-552-14595-5)
  • A Ghost Upon Your Path by John McCarthy (ISBN 0-593-04884-9)
  • An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan, (McCarthy is a main character) (ISBN 0-14-023641-4)

External links

  • BBC: Beirut hostage John McCarthy freed
  • Debriefing of released British hostages from Lebanon
  • Bio at Jeremy Hicks Associates
  • Article in 'The Independent' 6 August, 2006 - John McCarthy: Israel and the art of sophistry

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