Gov't should step in to help kidnapped journalist

    OTTAWA, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's largest media union is demanding
the Canadian government get more active in helping a Canadian journalist
kidnapped in Somalia.
    "Amanda Lindhout is a freelance journalist. She does not have the clout
of corporate media behind her and desperately requires the assistance of the
Canadian government," says Peter Murdoch, Vice-President, Media for the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
    "Freelancers are always more vulnerable and in need of the full weight of
government help.
    "Mr. Harper should be telling Canadians precisely what it is his
government is doing to end this frightening situation."
    Ms. Lindhout and an Australian colleague were kidnapped a month ago. The
kidnappers are demanding $2.5 million for their release.

For further information:

For further information: Peter Murdoch, (613) 230-5800, ext. 249, (905)

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