Alan Johnston kidnapped

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Post by Lone » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:33 am

Quite a large protest happening in support of Alan today, all Palestinian media journalists are on strike because of his kidnap and a lot of big media names coming out in support fo Alan, including David Frost, Jon Snow and the editor of Al-Jazeera.

They showed the protests on Euronews, caught a glimpse of Katya Aldar amongst the protestors.

Protests and vigils are continuing for BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, three weeks to the day after his suspected abduction in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian journalists began a boycott of their government and presidency to get them to do more for his release.



Events are being held in the West Bank and London. In Gaza, 300 journalists stood with their mouths gagged.



Dozens of media personalities signed an open letter in a UK newspaper urging him to be freed quickly and unharmed.



David Dimbleby, Sir David Frost, Jon Snow and Christiane Amanpour of CNN are among hundreds of Mr Johnston's friends and colleagues who backed a full-page advert in Monday's Guardian newspaper.



"It could have been any of us," Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow told the BBC. "We have to stand together against this."



Other signatories include:





BBC Director-General, Mark Thompson

Director of channels at Channel 4, Kevin Lygo

Editors of several London newspapers

Wadah Khanfar, editor-in-chief of Arabic TV network al-Jazeera

The BBC has had no contact since 12 March with Mr Johnston, who has lived and worked in Gaza for the past three years.



He is widely believed to have been kidnapped, but no demands have been made public.



Boycott



The head of the Palestinian Journalists' Union, Naim Tubasi, told the BBC it was necessary to boycott Palestinian government proceedings because the authorities were doing little to help secure the journalist's release.



"This is unacceptable for us... We will boycott coverage of (President Mahmoud) Abbas if Johnston is not released," said Abu Dhabi TV correspondent Majed Said.



During the boycott, Mr Tubasi said no Palestinian media outlet would cover stories on the activities of the presidency or the new unity government. He said the protests would continue until Mr Johnston was freed.



Intensive international efforts have been going on to secure his safe return.



These include appeals from the Arab League and the European Union and non-government groups such as Amnesty International and Reporters Without Frontiers.



On Monday, the International Press Institute, a media watchdog, expressed "grave concern" about Alan Johnston's fate.



IPI director Johann Fritz called on anyone with influence in Gaza to intensify their efforts to ensure his freedom.



"His work reporting fairly and accurately from Gaza has been widely praised. He has shed light on one of the world's most demanding stories - in keeping with the highest standards of the BBC," Mr Fritz said in a statement.



Senior BBC colleagues of Mr Johnston have appealed to Palestinian leaders including Mr Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.



Both have said everything possible is being done to free Mr Johnston.



The BBC describes him as a highly experienced and respected reporter.



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.


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Post by Buletin Utama » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:24 am

When I was on tv newsroom forum earlier today I saw a link that had a page in the paper with names from Alans collegues and friends who signed a petition to release Alan. I was disapppointed to see that some big names at the BBC didn't sign it. Only one from Sky had sigend it. Glad to see Adrian Finighan had sigend it.

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Post by Lone » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:12 am

bbc World Fan wrote:When I was on tv newsroom forum earlier today I saw a link that had a page in the paper with names from Alans collegues and friends who signed a petition to release Alan. I was disapppointed to see that some big names at the BBC didn't sign it. Only one from Sky had sigend it. Glad to see Adrian Finighan had sigend it.


Yes, you'd have though they could've shown a bit more solidarity for Alan, but I think a part of the problem is that his kidnap has had so little coverage, even on the BBC, and that's really quite sad.

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Post by Johnnie » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:21 am

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/6519327.stmOnline petition for the public to sign.

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Post by Johnnie » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:11 am

More than 1000 people from around the world have added their names to the petition.

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Post by Lone » Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:47 am

Thanks for that Johnie, I've signed it.

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Post by Buletin Utama » Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:10 pm

I heard on the news a little while ago that Alan is to be freed. There will be live coverage on World. That's good news.

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Post by Lone » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:01 pm

I haven't yet heard anything about that, but there are now daily protests happening in support of him.

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Post by vicky23 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:28 pm

I am very surprised that the kidnap has hardly been mentioned. The BBC have had very little coverage. I will sign the petition

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Post by Lone » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:40 pm

vicky23 wrote:I am very surprised that the kidnap has hardly been mentioned. The BBC have had very little coverage. I will sign the petition


I couldn't agree more. It hasn't been mentioned on Sky, ITV or the other news channels, that's perhaps understandable, but the lack of coverage from the BBC themselves is really bad.

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