I hope he get's released unharmed, he's one of the few western journalists in the occupied territories that I quite like.
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vicky23 wrote:Is there any news on Alan Johnston?
bbc World Fan wrote:Any more news on Alan?
UPI wrote:A group of Palestinian journalists rallied Saturday outside Gaza's parliament building to offer support for abducted BBC correspondent Alan Johnston.
While the BBC said it has been unable to confirm that Johnston was indeed abducted last Monday, his fellow journalists gathered Saturday to offer a message of hope for the correspondent's safe return.
Latest is that Alan is alive and well
BBC correspondent Alan Johnston is 'OK'
Gaza City: The British Broadcasting Corporation said Monday it has received assurances that correspondent Alan Johnston, kidnapped in the Gaza Strip a week ago, was "OK," but didn't know where he was being held.
Middle East Bureaux Editor Simon Wilson, in the company's first news conference since the abduction, said the BBC had
no direct contact with the kidnappers, and didn't know what the abductors' motives were.
"We are receiving assurances that people believe he is OK," Wilson said. "We are grateful for those assurances,
but we are disappointed that we still don't have any firm knowledge of his whereabouts seven days after he was
Johnston was headed for his apartment in Gaza City when four masked gunmen snatched him from his car in Gaza City.
Wilson said the BBC thought Johnston was being held in
Johnston, of Scotland, had been reporting from Gaza for the past three years.
Earlier BBC had said it is increasingly concerned about correspondent Alan Johnston, one week after his disappearance in the Gaza Strip.
Middle East bureau chief Simon Wilson said he was disappointed there was no firm news, adding it was time to redouble efforts to find him.
It now seemed certain that the reporter had been abducted, he added.
On Saturday Palestinian journalists demonstrated outside parliament in Gaza City in support of the correspondent.
Palestinian Prime Minister Esmail Haniya of Hamas has condemned the abduction and said he has ordered security
forces to search for the kidnappers.
Johnston was the latest in a string of foreign journalists to be abducted in Gaza.
Events have taken place in London and Gaza to mark two weeks since BBC reporter Alan Johnston went missing.
The BBC set up a satellite link between Gaza and Television Centre so staff and supporters could exchange messages of support on giant screens.
Director General Mark Thompson praised Mr Johnston's commitment for reporting from Gaza in very difficult conditions.
"All of us in London and in Gaza want him home," Mr Thompson told about 100 journalists and members of staff.
Mr Thompson described Alan Johnston as "one of those amazing BBC people who make extraordinary sacrifices and take considerable risks because they believe a story needs to be told".
"He remained with his friends and colleagues in Gaza when others left, and as you have heard, Alan has many friends and colleagues in Gaza."
"We continue to talk to people in the Middle East and in the UK to try to secure Alan's release," he added.
Speaking for the Palestinian journalists' syndicate in Gaza, Shadi al-Kashif made a pledge directly to the missing journalist that their protests "will not stop until your release".
Palestinian officials have said all possible efforts are being made to secure Mr Johnston's release.
Gaza has already seen numerous demonstrations in support of the missing BBC correspondent.
On Sunday more than 100 journalists, politicians, and others attended a rally in Gaza calling for his release and last Wednesday Palestinian journalists began a rolling strike.
There have also been numerous international demands for his immediate release, including from the Arab League, the UK government and the EU.
Mr Johnston has been the BBC's correspondent in the Gaza Strip for the past three years - and the only foreign journalist from a major media organisation based in Gaza.
The BBC describes him as a highly experienced and respected reporter.
Aged 44, he was born in Tanzania and educated in Scotland.
He joined the BBC World Service in 1991 and has spent eight of the last 16 years as a correspondent, including periods in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.