PA journalists boycott Pelosi-Abbas meeting

Media in the Palestinian Authority boycotted a meeting Tuesday between the speaker of the US House of Representatives and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas as part of a wider protest against the Palestinian Authority government's inability to free a kidnapped BBC journalist. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, is on a Middle East tour with a delegation of lawmakers, including the first Muslim member of Congress, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. But her meeting with Abbas coincided with the strike journalists called in solidarity with 44-year-old Alan Johnston of the British Broadcasting Corp., who was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip on March 12.