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AMERICAN JOURNALIST FREED

On 30 March 2006, American freelance reporter Jill Carroll was released by her captors in Baghdad, Iraq, reported the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). She had been held hostage for nearly three months.

Carroll was reported to be in good health and said she was treated well during her captivity. She is recovering in the secure Green Zone area of Baghdad, which houses the U.S. embassy. Carroll and her interpreter, Allan Enwiyah, had been abducted on 7 January in the Adil neighbourhood of Baghdad by a group calling itself the Revenge Brigade. Enwiyah was shot dead. Carroll was reporting on assignment for "The Christian Science Monitor".

According to CPJ, armed groups have kidnapped at least 39 journalists since April 2004 when insurgents began targeting foreigners. Although most have been released, six have been killed.

Three other reporters - Marwan Ghazal and Reem Zaeed of Iraqi Samaria TV and Ali Abdullah Fayad, a reporter for the newspaper "al-Safir", remain missing, notes RSF. Ghazal and Zaeed were kidnapped in Baghdad on 1 February. Fayad was abducted in Kut, southeast of the capital, on 21 March.

Visit these links:
- IFJ: http://www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=3805&Language=EN
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=16885
- CPJ: http://www.cpj.org/regions_06/mideast_06/jill_carroll_page.html
- List of Abducted Journalists in Iraq: http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/Iraq/iraq_abducted.html
- Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0331/p01s01-woiq.html
- INSI: http://www.newssafety.com/stories/insi/iraq170306.htm

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