Palestinian Authority - As Alan Johnston Spends 100th Day as Hostage, Protests Staged in Paris, London and Arab Capitals



    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders has organised
activities in Paris, London and Arab countries to mark BBC correspondent
Alan Johnston's 100th day today as a hostage in Gaza. The press freedom
organisation believes it is essential to keep campaigning for Johnston's
release as no previous kidnapping in Gaza ever went on so long.
    In Paris, Reporters Without Borders today brought 100 activists and
volunteers together on the grass of the Camp-de-Mars, opposite the Eiffel
Tower, where they brandished the logos of 100 news media throughout the world
who responded to the organisation's call to participate in a collective appeal
for the release of Johnston and 14 journalists held hostage in Iraq.
    Last night, Reporters Without Borders staged a projection of Johnston's
photo on the facade of the famous Battersea Power Station building overlooking
the Thames in London. Posters of Johnston were also put up in Gaza and Beirut,
and were due to be displayed in other Middle East capitals. The organisation
also produced an Arabic-language spot calling for the release of kidnapped
journalists in the Palestinian Territories and Iraq that has been broadcast by
local and satellite TV stations in the region.
    "We must now, more than ever, take action to demand Alan Johnston's swift
release," Reporters Without Borders said. "This BBC correspondent must not be
forgotten as the Gaza Strip is plunged into more and more violent crises. It
falls to Hamas, which now has sole control of the Gaza Strip, to do everything
possible to obtain his release. Johnston should not have to pay for the
instability in the Palestinian Territories, which he had been covering since
2005."
    The press freedom organisation added: "Ismael Haniyeh and the other Hamas
leaders must also order their security services to ensure that journalists are
able to work safely and without restrictions in the Gaza Strip. Otherwise,
more journalists will be taken hostage in the future."

    100 days in captivity

    Kidnapped on 12 March in Gaza City, Johnston today completes his 100th
day as a captive. The chaos reigning in the Gaza Strip is making negotiations
even more difficult. Promises by different Palestinian officials that he was
about to be freed have not been kept.
    After saying nothing for nearly two months, a known group calling itself
the Army of Islam claimed responsibility for his abduction on 8 May and
demanded the release of several Muslims held in Britain, including Abu Qatada,
a Palestinian who has been detained since 2005. Nearly a month later, the
group reiterated its demands in an undated video showing Johnston.

    List of the 100 media participating in the Champ-de-Mars appeal

    Algeria
    El Watan

    Autstria
    Die Presse, ORF

    Azerbaijan
    Turan

    Belgium
    Belga, De Standaard, La Libre Belgique, Le Soir,  RTBF TV, RTL TVI

    Bosnia
    Oslobodjenje

    Brazil
    O Globo

    Burkina Faso
    L'Evénement

    Canada
    CBC, Radio Canada, La Presse, The Gazette

    France
    20 Minutes, AFP, Euronews, Europe 1, France 2, France 24, France 3,
    France Info, France Inter, I-Télé, La Croix, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Les
    Echos, L'Express, Libération, Métro, Nouvel Observateur, NRJ, Ouest
    France, RMC Info, RTL, TF1, TV5 Monde

    Gambia
    The Point

    Germany
    ARD, Arte, Der Spiegel, Deutsche Welle, Die Tageszeitung, Die Welt,
    Focus, Frankfurter Rundschau, Stern, Suddeutsche Zeitung, ZDF

    Great Britain
    BBC, Channel 4 News, News of the World, The Guardian, The Sun, The Sunday
    Times, The Times

    Israel
    Jerusalem Post

    Italy
    Il Manifesto, Il Messaggero, La Stampa

    Japan
    Asahi Shimbun

    Lebanon
    As-Safir

    Morocco
    Le Journal hebdomadaire

    Netherlands
    VRT

    Pakistan
    Daily Times

    Poland
    Gazeta Wyborcza, TVN 24

    Qatar
    Al-Jazeera

    Saudi Arabia
    Al-Arabiya, Asharq Al-Awsat

    South Korea
    The Monthly Chosun

    Spain
    ABC, Antena 3, Cadena SER, EFE, El Pams, El Perisdico, Servimedia,
    TeleCinco, TVE, La Vanguardia

    Sweden
    Aftonbladet, SVD, Svenska Daglabet

    Switzerland
    Giornale del Popolo, Le Courrier, Le Temps, Tribune de Genève

    Ukraine
    Unian

    United Arab Emirates
    Gulf News

    United States
    ABC News, AP, Boston Globe, CBS News, CNN

    Venezuela
    Tal Cual

    Other media that have voiced support for Johnston and the 14 journalists
    held in Iraq

    Austria
    APA, Der Osterreichische Journalist, Der Standard, Profil, Stadt Wien

    Belarus
    BelaPan

    Belgium
    Enjeux Internationaux, Le Vif / L'Express, Vers l'Avenir

    Brazil
    FSB

    Cameroon
    Le Jeune observateur

    Canada
    Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montréal

    France
    EMI CFD (école), LCI

    Germany
    EPD, Financial Times Deutschland, N-TV

    Great Britain
    CPU, ITN, ITV News, Skynews, The Independent

    Greece
    Infogrece

    Israel
    Yedioth Ahronoth

    Italy
    AGR, La Repubblica, What's up

    Lebanon
    Al-Akhbar, LBC

    Moldavia
    Timpul

    Pakistan
    Friday Times

    Poland
    Dziennik

    South Korea
    Busan Daily

    Spain
    Cambio 16, Cuatro, El Mundo, Grupo EIG, La Sexta

    Sweden
    Daglabet, Gvteborgs Posten, Svenska

    Switzerland
    Sonntags Blick

    Ukraine
    Kanal 5

    United States
    Newstatesman




For further information:

For further information: Emily Jacquard, Directrice générale, Reporters
Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514) 521-7771,
rsfcanada@rsf.org

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