alan johnston update

Posted on May 9, 2007

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BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who has been missing since March 12, has reportedly been kidnapped by a Gaza-based group called Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam).

In a tape submitted to the Arabic news channel al-Jazeera, the group claims they have Mr Johnston, showed his BBC work pass and demanded the release of Muslim prisoners held by the UK, specifically the release of Abu Qatana, a Palestinian-born cleric currently in British custody. According to the BBC, there isn’t much information about Jaish al-Islam other than it being a Palestinian group.

The Palestinian government says it is still working on securing Mr Johnston’s release and believes he is still alive. Here’s hoping they will soon get Mr Johnston free.

Sign the online petition to free Alan Johnston here.

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