New York, January 17, 2006—
The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply alarmed by a report today that kidnappers in Iraq have threatened to kill U.S. reporter Jill Carroll if the United States does not free all female Iraqi prisoners within 72 hours.
The Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera aired a 20-second video in which a pale and tired-looking Carroll is shown speaking to the camera, but her voice is not heard. The station said the kidnappers' demand was made in a statement that accompanied the video. Al-Jazeera did not disclose how it received the video and statement, but a producer told The Associated Press that no group's name was attached to them.