Posted by Ian
It’s 50 days since the BBC’s Gaza correspondent was abducted. Despite reports trickling out affirming he is still alive and his condition is well, Alan’s precise whereabouts and wellbeing remain frustratingly unclear. Efforts to free him from his captors have failed.
Last night the BBC marked Alan’s 50th night in captivity by projecting his image onto the outside of BBC Television Centre and releasing 50 balloons. More than 65,000 people have now signed the official petition demanding Alan’s release.
As noted on this blog a few weeks ago, he was the only foreign journalist to not only work but also live in Gaza. Over the last three years he endeavoured to, as one Palestinian put it on Radio 4 recently, "build a bridge" from that troubled, confusing and misunderstood land to the rest of the world.
Trusted, respected, even loved by the people whose lives he worked tirelessly to represent, Alan had become one of the most lauded journalists of his generation, winning friends and admirers among fellow broadcasters and ordinary viewers alike.
There are a number of ways you can show your support for Alan. You can add your name and comments to the BBC petition. You can leave a message of support on the BBC news website. And you can add a special button to your blog or website, as we have done, to ensure the campaign for his release remains as well-publicised as possible.