The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the
National Union of Journalists of Somalia (NUSOJ) in welcoming reports of the
release of Australian photo-journalist Nigel Brennan and Canadian journalist
Amanda Lindhout in Somalia
after 15 months as hostages.
Brennan and Lindhout were reportedly
released on November 25. Both are understood to be safe, and
are currently in Mogadishu
The pair were
abducted on August 23, 2008 while visiting a refugee camp on the outskirts of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Their driver and interpreter were
released shortly after the abduction.
The NUSOJ, an IFJ affiliate, said Brennan and Lindhout were handed over to four members of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Parliament
at a security checkpoint before being taken to a safe location.
The release was welcomed by the
NUSOJ, Australia’s Media
Entertainment and Arts Alliance and Canada’s Canadian Journalists for
“We welcome the happy end to the
tragedy of the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan,” NUSOJ
Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman
“The news of the release of Brennan and Lindhout is a welcome reprieve amid a deteriorating safety situation
for foreign and local journalists and media workers in Somalia,” IFJ
Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“However, we also know that they will
face a long process of recovery from their ordeal.”
Somalia is among the most
dangerous countries for practising journalists, with six media workers killed so
far this year.
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