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Two journalists kidnapped in Somalia released

(NUSOJ/IFEX) - The following is a 4 January 2009 joint statement by NUSOJ and Reporters Without Borders:

Kidnapped British, Spanish journalists released

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcome the release of British journalist Colin Freeman and Spanish photojournalist José Cendon on 4 January 2009. Freeman and Cendon both work for the "Daily Telegraph" newspaper.

Freeman and Cendon were kidnapped as they left from their hotel on 26 November 2008. The journalists had been in Bossasso for about a week to report on pirates.

"While we welcome the release of Colin Freeman and Jose Cendon, it is intolerable that journalists are kidnapped for their legitimate work in order to get ransom", said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

"We renew our call for the immediate and unconditional release of the three journalists - Amanda Lindhout, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi and Nigel Brenan - who were abducted in Mogadishu on 23 August 2008", said Faruk Osman.

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is a national union representing Somali journalists to promote and protect freedom of the press and the interests and rights of journalists.

Updates the Freeman and Cendon case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/98854

For further information on the Lindhout, Elmi and Brenan case, see: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/96421

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