IFJ demands release of Peruvian journalist

The International Federation of Journalists has demanded the release of a Peruvian journalist kidnapped in Gaza.

Agence France Presse journalist Jaime Razuri was abducted on New Year's Day as he entered his office.

IFJ general secretary Aidan White said: "This is the latest in a string of kidnappings that shows that journalists in the region are extremely vulnerable to attacks by militant groups," said White. "But is a strategy that alienates media people and reflects badly on the Palestinian cause which is why Palestinian journalists are angry.

"Free him now and stop this cat-and-mouse intimidation of journalists and media staff."

Around 70 journalists took part in a press freedom demonstration today held by the IFJ Palestinian affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza.

An Associated Press photographer was abducted and freed the same day by Palestinian gunmen in October and in August two journalists working for Fox were held for two weeks after being kidnapped.

White added: "Taking journalists or other media staff hostage is a frightening and intolerable form of intimidation that not only threaten press freedom and the lives of innocent civilians but also does incalculable harm to the Palestinian cause and the democratic aspirations of all people in the region."


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