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365th Day in Captivity for Journalists Detained in Somalia

August 21, 2009

It was one year ago Sunday when journalists Nigel Brennan and Amanda Lindhout (pictured left) were captured in Somalia, a country that has since been declared the most dangerous country in Africa for reporters.

With little media attention or government action for the freelance journalists, from Australia and Canada respectively, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that the families of the two released this statement:

“Together, the two families continue to work tirelessly to secure Nigel’s and Amanda’s safe release. With little outside support, the families, who have been united as one throughout this horrendous ordeal, continue to do everything and anything to gain the earliest possible release for their loved ones Amanda and Nigel. Our thoughts and all our love are with Amanda and Nigel, today, just as they have been for the past 365 days, and just as they will be until they are safely home with us. In issuing this brief joint statement the families hope that the media will respect their wishes to be left alone during this particularly emotional time.”

Click here to read our earlier post about the kidnapping and the reported conditions under which they are being kept.

Click here to sign the petition for their release.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.