Palestinian journalists on three-day strike

Palestinian journalists announced a three-day strike on Sunday in protest at what they called their government's inadequate response to the suspected kidnap of a British journalist.

Palestinian journalists on three-day strike

Palestinian journalists announced a three-day strike onSunday in protest at what they called their government's inadequate response tothe suspected kidnap of a British journalist.

The boycott, during which they plan not to cover any government activities,will begin on Tuesday at 11 am (0900 GMT) with a rally by foreign and localjournalists in the West Bank cityof Ramallah, the head of the Palestinian Journalists' Union Naim Tubasi toldAFP.

Veteran BBC correspondent Alan Johnston was kidnapped at gunpoint in theGaza Strip20 days ago -- the longest period of captivity yet endured by a foreigncivilian hostage in the unruly coastal territory.

As his captivity neared the three-week mark, concern for his well-beingmounted.

"Our colleague Alan Johnston's kidnap is entering its fourthweek," Tubasi said. "This makes us think there is a danger to hislife and we are very worried."

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and the Hamas, the majority party in thenew unity government, have condemned the abduction and pledged to work for Johnston's release.

But Tubasi on Sunday called the government's response inadequate.

"We hold the Palestinian Authorityand the government responsible because up until now they have not madesufficient efforts," he added.

"What they are waiting for? Where are the security services? Where arethe authorities? Where is the Palestinian police?"

Johnston, the British broadcaster's main correspondent in Gaza for the pastthree years, has been neither seen nor heard from since gunmen forced him outof his car while the 44-year-old was driving home from work on March 12.

An experienced reporter, Johnston was previously posted to Afghanistanand Uzbekistan,and was one of the few Western journalists still based in Gaza Strip.

Previously, the longest period of captivity spent in the Gaza Strip byforeign hostages was two weeks last August when two journalists for theUS-based Fox News television network were abducted.

 

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