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MILITANTS RELEASE FRENCH JOURNALISTS

Two French journalists who have been held captive by militants in Iraq for more than four months have been released, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).

The French government has confirmed an Al-Jazeera report that Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot have been set free. They are in Amman, Jordan, and are expected to arrive in France on 22 December.

Chesnot, a reporter for Radio France Internationale, and Malbrunot, a correspondent for "Le Figaro" magazine, were abducted by militants on 20 August 2004. Their Syrian driver, Mohammed al-Jundi, was also abducted but later found by US troops during the
November siege of Najaf (see: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/61001/).
Visit:
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org
- BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4115975.stm
- Le Figaro: http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/20041221.FIG0272.html
- Radio France Internationale: http://www.rfi.fr/actufr/articles/060/article_32576.asp
- Committee to Protect Journalists:
http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/2003/gulf03/iraq_conflict_main.html

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