Not the right word?
Darfur kidnap victims endured mock assassinations
KHARTOUM, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Two Darfur aid workers held captive on a harsh mountaintop on the remote Sudan-Chad border for 107 days said they felt anger at mock assassinations by their captors but clung to the hope they would be released.
One shocking howler in your story is your reporter’s repeated use of the term ‘mock assassinations’ when she actually means ‘mock executions’.
A mock assassination would be quite elaborate i imagine, possibly involving hired armored cars, fake explosive charges, by-the-hour-snipers and a nefarious foreign secret service that was only kidding.
Our story used the same word the aid workers used in the interview. As it wasn’t in a direct quote, however, mock executions would have been more appropriate in the context: GBU Editor
Released Ugandan hostage Hilda Kawuki (R) is welcomed by an unidentified official on arrival at Khartoum airport, October 19, 2009. Two kidnapped aid workers Kawuki and Sharon Commins (L) from Irish Goal aid agency will return home on Monday after a three-month ordeal in Sudan’s Darfur region, saying they could not wait to see their families. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallh