Somalia - Kidnapped foreign journalists freed

    MONTREAL, Jan. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Union of Somali Journalists
(NUSOJ) and Reporters Without Borders welcome the release yesterday of British
reporter Colin Freeman and Spanish photographer José Cendon, both employed by
the London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper.
    Freeman and Cendon were kidnapped as they left from their hotel in
Bosasso, in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, on 26 November.
They had been in Bosasso for about a week to report on piracy.
    "While we welcome the release of Freeman and Cendon, it is intolerable
that journalists are kidnapped for ransom in connection with their legitimate
work," NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman said.
    "We reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of
three journalists - Amanda Lindhout, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi and Nigel Brennan
- who were abducted in Mogadishu on 23 August," Faruk added.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111,

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