New York, November 26, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the safety of four journalists who were reported kidnapped today in the port city of Bossasso in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland.
Two international and two Somali journalists were seized by unknown assailants around mid-day, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists and the Puntland Journalist Club. Their names are being withheld for safety concerns.
"We are alarmed by
reports of the abduction of our four colleagues," said CPJ Africa Program
The four were abducted after they left their hotel, but their driver was not taken, Puntland Journalist Club Chairman Abdiqani Hassan told CPJ. The kidnappers had not made contact with anyone as of late Wednesday, said Abdul Aziz Gamey, the Puntland police commander.
The international reporters were in the region for a week to report stories
on piracy. The local journalists were assisting
them as fixer and interpreter, local reporters told CPJ. The two foreign
journalists were expected to depart Puntland today for a flight to
Freelance journalists Amanda
Lindhout and Nigel Brennan, who were kidnapped in August outside the
The original version of this alert was modified to remove the names of the journalists who were reported kidnapped. The names were removed due to safety concerns.