French journalist Olivier Dubois, who was held hostage in Mali for nearly two years, is seen as he arrives at the Villacoublay airport near Paris on March 21, 2023. (AFP/Yves Herman)

French journalist Olivier Dubois freed after nearly two years in captivity

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French journalist Olivier Dubois was freed nearly two years after he was abducted by a militant group in Mali.

“It’s amazing for me to be here, to be free,” Dubois said while thanking Nigerien authorities for their role in his release. He is now reunited with his family in France.

Dubois, a freelancer, 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.

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(Photo Credit: CPJ/Gari de Ramos)

CPJ staff met with Sofia Liluashvili, wife of jailed Georgian journalist Nika Gvaramia, this week at our headquarters in New York City. 

Gvaramia, founder and general director of pro-opposition broadcaster Mtavari Arkhi (Main Channel), has been serving a prison sentence of three and a half years in Georgia since May 2022 on charges of abuse of office while serving as director of the opposition broadcaster Rustavi 2.

CPJ calls on authorities in Georgia to immediately free Gvaramia and allow him and other journalists in the country to work freely.

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