The inside story of the ‘botched Beirut kidnap’ and its aftermath.
When the rescue of Sally Faulkner’s children Lahela and Noah by child recovery ‘experts’ paid by 60 Minutes went disastrously wrong in April 2016, it not only landed the Brisbane mother and the crew in jail, but cast a long shadow over the work of current affairs journalists.
Former 60 Minutes producer Stephen Rice, who was sacked by The Nine Network for his role in the episode, has written a gripping account of the events as they unfolded and reflects on the role of investigative journalism. He writes movingly about how, at the end of that fateful day on 6th April 2016, he wound up handcuffed in a police cell, accused of kidnap and assault and facing up to 20 years in prison. In the weeks that followed, he lost his freedom, his job and his professional reputation by engaging in what investigative journalists around the world do on a daily basis: taking a risk.
The public as well as fellow journalists were quick to enter the fray, widely condemning the 60 Minutes crew for crossing a line in attacks that were often deeply personal and sometimes hypocritical. In On Dangerous Ground, Stephen Rice not only sets the record straight about the events leading up to and following that disastrous day in Beirut, but shines a light on the politics of current affairs journalism.
About the author
Stephen Rice is an award winning Australian investigative journalist with 35 years experience in television, print and digital
platforms. His career includes roles as a senior producer of 60 Minutes, executive producer of the Sunday and Business Sunday programs, and executive producer of A Current Affair. He has twice won Walkley Awards.
Stephen has degrees in law and arts.