IFJ Welcomes Journalist Release in Somalia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

today welcomed the release of Somali journalist, Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, after 146

days in captivity.

Photojournalist, Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, was abducted

on August 23, 2008 with two foreign journalists, namely Amanda Lindout of Canada and Nigel Brenan of Australia. Elmi's two drivers,

Mohad Isse and Marwali were also abducted.

According to National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ),

Elmi was released on Thursday, January 15, 2009 together with the two drivers,

Mohad and Marwali.

"While we welcome the release of Elmi, we are still

deeply concerned about the safety of Amanda Lindout and Nigel Brenan," said Gabriel Baglo,

Director of the IFJ Africa Office.  "Somalia

has been continuously difficult for journalists to execute their duties without

being intimidated, kidnapped or even killed. We must find a way to resolve this

unbearable situation."

The IFJ once again urges the Somali Transitional

Government to put more efforts to ensure the safety of journalists working in

the country. In the same vein, the IFJ also calls for the immediate and

unconditional release of Amanda and Nigel.

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