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Two foreign journalists kidnapped

(NUSOJ/IFEX) - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is shocked by the kidnapping of two foreign journalists in the commercial city of Bossasso in Puntland, northeast Somalia.

Colin Freeman, a British national, and José Cendon, a Spanish national, who are working for the "Daily Telegraph" newspaper in London as reporter and photojournalist respectively, were kidnapped as they left their hotel on the morning of 26 November 2008. The journalists had been in Bossasso for about a week to report on pirates.

According to NUSOJ, the business of kidnapping journalists for any reason is unacceptable. Puntland authorities must immediately secure the liberty of these journalists while cooperating with intellectuals and clan elders in order not to put their safety in danger, said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

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