Palestinian journalists on Monday began a three-day striketo protest the kidnapping of British Broadcasting Corp. correspondent AlanJohnston, the longest-held reporter ever abducted in the Gaza Strip.
It was the third strike organized by Gaza-based journalists since Johnston's kidnapping, andreflected growing anxiety about his fate and the increasing lawlessness in theviolent coastal strip where 1.4 million people live.
Johnston, 44, was kidnapped by masked gunmenas he returned to his apartment in Gaza City on March 12. Sincethen, there has been no word on his whereabouts, condition, or the demands ofhis abductors.
"We feel that the government and the presidency isn't taking this issueseriously," claimed Shuhdi Kashef, a leader in the 400-member journalistsunion.
Johnston was the only Western reporterpermanently based in Gaza,where he has lived for three years. He was preparing to leave at the beginningof April.
A total of 11 journalists have been kidnapped in Gaza during the past three years. All havebeen released unharmed, usually within days of being captured.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16