CAJ calls on PM to help free kidnapped journalist

    OTTAWA, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is again
urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help bring kidnapped Canadian
journalist Amanda Lindhout home.
    It has been one year since Ms. Lindhout was abducted in Somalia and there
appears to be little progress in securing her release. In a letter sent
Friday, the CAJ asked the Prime Minister to bring the full weight of his
office to bear on Ms. Lindhout's rescue.
    "Not only is Ms. Lindhout still in captivity and in danger, her family,
friends and fellow journalists have no idea what the Canadian government is
doing to help free her," said CAJ president Mary Agnes Welch. "We're asking
Prime Minister Harper to use all methods at his disposal to bring Ms. Lindhout
home and demonstrate that the Canadian government is willing to help protect
reporters who are working abroad to bring the news home to Canadians."
    Lindhout was abducted in Somalia on Aug. 23, 2008, along with Australian
photographer Nigel Brennan who is also still missing.

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is Canada's largest professional
organization for journalists from all media, with about 1,400 members across
the country. The CAJ's primary roles are to provide high-quality professional
development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, (204)
470-8862; Paul Schneidereit, CAJ past-president, (902) 426-2811 Ext. 1124;
John Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613) 526-8061

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