Three Romanian journalists and guide freed after being held hostage for 55 days

first_img News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation The Romanian government’s announced today that the three journalists and their guide have been freed after. “We are interpreting this news as an encouraging sign for French journalist Florence Aubenas of Libération and her Iraqi guide Hussein Hanoun” Reporters Without Borders said. News Follow the news on Iraq RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders has welcomed the Romanian government’s announcement today that the three Romanian journalists and their Iraqi-American guide have been freed after being held hostage in Iraq since 28 March. Presidential spokesmen Adrianan Saftoiu said they were all uninjured and that the date of their return to Romania would be announced later.”This is of course excellent news,” the press freedom organization said. “The three journalists had been held for 55 days and we are extremely relieved to learn of their release. Our first thoughts go out to their families who are finally going to be reunited with their loved-ones in the coming hours or days.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We are also interpreting this news as an encouraging sign for French journalist Florence Aubenas of Libération and her Iraqi guide Hussein Hanoun, who are also being held hostage, and we must seize this moment to step up our efforts in support of their release.”The three Romanian journalists are Marie-Jeanne Ion, 32, a reporter with the Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci, 30, a Prima TV cameraman, and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian, 37, a reporter with the privately-owned daily newspaper Romania Libera.They were kidnapped with their guide, Mohamed Munaf, five days after arriving in Iraq. On the evening of 30 March, two days after their abduction, the Qatar-based satellite TV news station Al-Jazeera broadcast a very short video showing the three journalists alive.A second, poor-quality video of the four hostages was broadcast by Al-Jazeera on 22 April. It showed the journalists handcuffed, haggard, barefoot and with guns pointed at their heads. Their abductors, who called themselves “The Brigade of Mouadh Ibn Jabal,” threatened to kill them if the Romanian government did not withdraw its troops from Iraq within four days. December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News IraqMiddle East – North Africa May 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three Romanian journalists and guide freed after being held hostage for 55 days Receive email alerts to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more