In Afghanistan, CPJ welcomes release

November 7, 2008 11:14 AM ET

Responding to reports that abducted Dutch journalist Joanie de Rijke has been released by her kidnappers today after she was abducted in Afghanistan on November 1, we issued the following  statement...

"We are relieved that Joanie de Rijke is safe and free. Her week-long ordeal is an indicator of how dangerous Afghanistan has become for foreign and local reporters. The question that must quickly be addressed is how journalists are going to continue to operate in the country's disintegrating security situation," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.  

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