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hutch0
Date: 2007-05-04 13:53
Subject: Alan Johnston
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-05-04 13:26 (UTC)
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It's crazy, and yet guys like Alan actually show what's happening and all they do it take that voice away from themselves.

Some people have just got too used to the belief that violence cures all.

*sigh*

S.J.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-05-04 23:45 (UTC)
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I was going to post about this a while ago, but the BBC put this banner out, which tells the whole story, and I've been trying to stick it onto LJ ever since. Obviously, I finally managed to work it out today.
It is, as you say, crazy. Alan Johnston is very well-regarded in Gaza as someone who tells the truth about the situation there and he's a valuable voice for people who often don't have an outlet to the wider world. Whoever has abducted him - and I really hope that abduction is all it is - has to be out of their minds. I do know that he's more of a journalist than I'll ever be; even in my wildest dreams I would never have the balls to report from Gaza.
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-05-04 23:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But then if you want to keep a war going you have to get rid of the voices of reason.

Leads me to believe the kidnappers aren't doing this in order to bring about peace.

:(

S.J.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-05-05 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One theory I heard is that he was kidnapped by what amounts to a bunch of bandits for ransom, not political people. There seems to be a tradition of selling kidnappees on, and that's another theory about what happened. He may be on his second or third set of kidnappers by now. The lack of a ransom demand, or any word at all about him, makes my heart sink, to be honest, but for the moment there's no evidence that he's been killed. Or that he's alive.
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-05-05 00:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's the hardest part, and what with the tendency nowadays for wholesale slaughter of prisoners it doesn't bode well :(

S.J.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-05-05 00:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Personally, after eight weeks with no solid news, I'm not hopeful of a happy resolution to this. It may not have mattered to the people who took him what job he did; he may just have been a handy westerner. But even though he and I do work that's as far apart as it's possible to get, we do the same job and the thought that someone who does the same job as I do can just disappear offends me, the same way as the murder of Anna Politkovskaya offends me.
Of course, it doesn't cost me anything to say that, sitting here in my cosy little flat writing my daft wee stories for the paper and not risking anything, but I have enormous respect for people like Alan Johnston and Anna Politkovskaya and all the other journalists who have died simply trying to report what they saw around the world. I don't have the balls to do what they do.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-05-04 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry, I was going to encourage anyone who stops off here to click in the banner and get the code from the BBC webpage and post it on their blog. In reality, sticking a banner on your blog or webpage probably won't have any material effect in freeing Alan Johnston. On the other hand, how can it hurt?
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