World Journalists Mark 100 Day Ordeal of BBC Reporter with New Appeal for Release

The International Federation of Journalists today called for an immediate end to the kidnapping of BBC reporter Alan Johnston who has been held hostage by armed militants in strife-torn Gaza for 100 days.

“It’s time to end to this ordeal,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “Alan’s plight has come to symbolize the tragedy of targeting of journalists around the world. He must be released and all journalists must be free to work without intimidation.”

Since his kidnapping Johnston has become the focus of a global campaign assisted on the ground by journalists in the Palestine Syndicate of Journalists who have led efforts to secure his release in the region. They too have been targeted by armed militants thought to be linked to Hamas who raided their offices in Gaza at the weekend.

“We join with the Syndicate, with Alan’s colleagues in the National Union of Journalists of Great Britain and Ireland, and with his family and friends in marking this appalling landmark date by once again calling for his freedom,” said White.

The IFJ is also supporting the vigil by BBC staff and Johnston supporters worldwide called this afternoon at 14.15 BST to mark the moment of his capture.

“The time for action by the authorities and others with influence over these kidnappers has long passed,” he said. “Alan is not forgotten and the fight to release him will continue until his liberation and safe return.”

The IFJ is also sending a message to the new Palestinian Prime Minister as well as to the Hamas leadership urging them to redouble their efforts to secure Alan's release.