On March 20, French freelance journalist Olivier Dubois was freed nearly two years after he was abducted by a militant group in Mali.
“We are elated that journalist Olivier Dubois is finally free and able to return home to his family and his colleagues,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal, in New York. “Mali’s conflict and constitutional crisis have acutely increased risks for journalists. While Dubois’ release is a relief, journalist safety continues to be concerning. We urge all parties, including jihadists, to refrain from criminal actions to silence the press.”
Dubois went missing on April 8, 2021, in the Malian region of Gao while seeking an interview with the local leader of the Al-Qaeda affiliated group Jamaa Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin. His abduction was made public in a video posted online that May.
“It’s amazing for me to be here, to be free,” Dubois said while thanking Nigerien authorities for their role in his release, according to news reports.
Nicaraguan journalists Juan Lorenzo Holmann and Miguel Mendoza were among 222 political prisoners unexpectedly released by Nicaraguan authorities and deported to the United States on February 9.
Stripped of their citizenship and unable to return home, the journalists spoke to CPJ’s Dánae Vilchez about their harsh experiences in prison, their continuing commitment to freedom of expression, and why their release is so bittersweet.
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