The Committee to Protect Journalists joined with colleagues at a rally at U.N.
headquarters today to call for the release of BBC
correspondent Alan Johnston, abducted in Gaza more than seven weeks ago. Journalists in London, China, and Indonesia also rallied today, World Press Freedom Day, in support of Johnston’s release. “No purpose is served by keeping Alan Johnston. Please release him now, and return him safely to his family,” CPJ
Deputy Director Robert Mahoney said at the New York rally, which was carried live by BBC
television. “Alan Johnston is a journalist. He does not represent any country; he does not represent any government.”