Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 January 2009

Somalia / Kidnapped foreign journalists freed



/ Kidnapped foreign journalists freed


MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 5, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and Reporters Without Borders welcome the release today of British reporter Colin Freeman and Spanish photographer José Cendon, both employed by the London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper.


Freeman and Cendon were kidnapped as they left from their hotel in Bosasso, in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, on 26 November. They had been in Bosasso for about a week to report on piracy.


“While we welcome the release of Freeman and Cendon, it is intolerable that journalists are kidnapped for ransom in connection with their legitimate work,” NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman said.


“We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of three journalists – Amanda Lindhout, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi and Nigel Brennan – who were abducted in Mogadishu on 23 August,” Faruk added.



SOURCE : Reporters without Borders (RSF)



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