Posted by Dom
It is now 100 days since the BBC’s Gaza correspondent was abducted.
Hopes over the weekend that his release could be imminent were seemingly dashed by a video released by Johnston’s alleged captors, which denied that any agreement had been reached with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
Understandably keen to keep the journalist’s plight in the public eye, fellow BBC colleagues will be holding a vigil at 215pm UK time today, which will be shown live on the Corporation’s satellite channels. Mr Johnston’s parents, meanwhile, will release 100 balloons in their home town of Lochgoilhead, Argyll, to mark the occasion.
Director of BBC News Helen Boaden said: "On the 100th day we are more steadfast in our support for Alan than ever and our thoughts are always with his family."
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, there are several ways you can show your support for Alan. You can add your name and comments to the BBC petition. 170,000 people have now added their names to the list. 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 on this very site, to ensure the campaign for his release remains at the forefront of people’s minds.