today's Pick
Four French journalists 'free' after Syria kidnapPublish Date: Apr 19, 2014
Four French journalists 'free' after Syria kidnap
  • mail
  • img
A file picture taken on March 11, 2005 in Baghdad showing Liberation newspaper journalist Didier Francois (left) and a picture released on June 7, 2013 by "Haytham Pictures" and taken in Burma on March 19, 2013 of French freelance photographer Edouard Elias. CREDIT/AFP
newvision

 

PARIS - Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were free and "in good health" on Saturday, President Francois Hollande told AFP, saying they would be back in France within hours.

In a statement to AFP, the president said he had "learned with great relief this morning of the liberation of the four French journalists".

Hollande said the four, who had been held in Syria since 2013, were "in good health despite the very challenging conditions of their captivity".

Thanking "all those who contributed to the successful outcome", the president said the men would return to France "in the coming hours".

Didier Francois, a reporter for Europe 1 radio, and photographer Edouard Elias were taken north of Aleppo on June 6.


A file picture released by his family showing French photographer Pierre Torres (left) and a file picture released by Benoit Schaeffer, showing French reporter Nicolas Henin. CREDIT/AFP

Nicolas Henin, reporter for Point magazine, and freelance photographer Pierre Torres were seized two weeks later in the north of the country, at Raqqa.

It was not immediately clear if they had been freed by their captors or had escaped.

"I share the joy of the families of our compatriots who have endured ... the fear of this trying time," said Hollande.

He reaffirmed his "deep commitment to the freedom of the press, which demands respect for the security and integrity of journalists in their role of providing information."

Hollande said his attention was now with two other French citizens still held in the Sahel region of Africa, reaffirming his "determination" and the "relentless mobilisation of the state's forces to obtain their liberation".

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kagina URA contract ends October, prefers to quit
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General, Allen Kagina, prefers to quit when her second 5-year contract expires in October....
Gen. David Sejusa
Gen. David Sejusa’s Freedom and Unity Front (FUF), a coalition formed barely a year ago to cause regime change in Uganda, has fallen apart....
US man creates kingdom in Africa for daughter
When Emily Heaton said she wanted to be a princess, her father Jeremiah quickly found her a kingdom . . . in Africa....
Juliana Kanyomozi son’s body flown back
The casket bearing the body of local musician Juliana Kanyomozi’s son was flown back home on Tuesday evening....
MPs query procurement of 111 vehicles for district chairmen
Withthe bicycle saga still fresh in their minds, Members of Parliament have raised a red flag on the proposed purchase of 111 vehicles for district chairmen and six vehicles for the Ministry of Local Government....
Grounded aircraft needs runway to leave Mityana
The aircraft that made an emergency landing at Kiwawu village in Mityana due to fuel shortage last Thursday cannot leave just yet....
Should government review powers of kings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter