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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Alberta journalist held hostage in Somalia believed to be fine

An Alberta journalist being held hostage in somalia is reportedly fine and being treated well, despite the fact more than a month has passed since the ransom deadline for her release.
Some talks are going on between local authorities and the group that kidnapped Sylvan Lake freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Somali fixer and photojournalist Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, but things are moving slowly, said Leonard Vincent, Africa desk chief of Paris-based reporters without Borders. "What we can confirm is they are fine, in the same place and in the hands of the same group."
Canadian authorities are working hard to free Lindhout, Vincent added.
The trio were taken at gunpoint in August. In September, the kidnappers demanded $2.5 million in exchange for their release. The deadline passed in October.