Alan Johnston

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. 
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14 Responses to Alan Johnston

  1. Laura says:

    dont you just really feel sorry for people like this, i am out having a good time, with my friends while its torture for his family x

  2. trevor says:

    all power to you when will people understand that without knowledge no one can help anyone.May the love of mohamed,jesus,or just plain love,sense or whatever prevail

  3. Zifa says:

    Well… I popped-in here after commenting on the Ian\’s blog entry about Facebook. It is quite revealing to see that this entry has attracted 2 comments, whereas Ian\’s Facebook opinion has been passionately discussed by more than 200 people! It reminds the movie "The Beach" with Leo Di Caprio… In a way it is precisely because of our nature to avoid pain and unhappiness we see so many injustices happenning in the world: nobody knows how to stop crime, stand up against it, and avoid people like Alan Johnston being kidnapped. We don\’t really care as soon as it doesn\’t concern us ourselves.
    I wish that Alan is freed very soon and re-united with his family who loves him so much, I wish he has all the courage and good luck to survive his ordeal, and I wish that the people who try to get him out will succeed! As for the people who kidnapped him – they will get what they deserve sooner or later.

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