Journalists rally near UN for release of Johnston

May 4, 2007 03:09


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About 100 journalists and UN officials held a solemn rally outside the United Nations to demand the release of a BBC reporter kidnapped nearly two months ago in the Gaza Strip. The protesters - including Bob Woodruff of ABC News and Deputy UN Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro - held a minute of silence Thursday as they clutched white posters with a photograph of Alan Johnston, kidnapped March 12 in Gaza City. Those who worked with Johnston said they admired his decision to live, as well as work, in the Palestinian territory, saying he was committed to immersing himself in the story he was covering. The protest was held on World Press Freedom day, which the United Nations has celebrated on May 3 since 1993.

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