Unprecedented show of solidarity planned for hostages’ 100th day in captivity on 15 April

first_img Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders, Libération and all the French media have prepared a special day of solidarity for Friday, 15 April, when Libération correspondent Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi guide and interpreter, Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi, will spend their 100th day in captivity as hostages in Iraq. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” April 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unprecedented show of solidarity planned for hostages’ 100th day in captivity on 15 April IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information to go further News December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders, Libération and all the French media have prepared a special day of solidarity for Friday, 15 April, when Libération correspondent Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi guide and interpreter, Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi, will spend their 100th day in captivity as hostages in Iraq.”The demonstrations of support will be nationwide and will extend beyond our borders,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We are optimistic but prudent. Optimistic because negotiations have begun. After weeks of silence, the process has at last got under way. Prudent because the negotiations could last a long time, three days or three months. This is why the campaign must go on, because we see light at the end of the tunnel.”24 hours of actionOn the eve of the two hostages’ 100th day in captivity, Reporters Without Borders and Libération have asked 100 people – some of them well-known figures, some just ordinary people – to illuminate the Human Rights Esplanade at Trocadero in Paris (across the river from the Eiffel Tower) with 100 flaming torches representing “100 flames of hope.”The torches will be lit at 9 p.m., at the same time that the nighttime illumination of the Eiffel Tower begins, in the presence of Sylvie and Olivier Aubenas (Florence’s sister and brother), Libération publisher Serge July, Libération managing editor Antoine de Gaudemar, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, French news media executives and editors, Ile-de-France regional president Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris deputy mayor Christophe Girard, actress Jeanne Moreau, writer Fernando Arrabal, novelist Erik Orsenna, singer Bénabar, novelist and singer Yves Simon and others. It will launch an extraordinary 24-hour operation.From 00:00 hours until midnight on 15 April, all broadcast TV stations will regularly display a special “Florence, Hussein, 100 days of captivity” logo designed by TF1, while radio stations will repeatedly broadcast a spot produced by France Info and spoken by Christian Chesnot, a former hostage in Iraq. Newspapers are invited to display the logo on their front page, websites to display the banner. Media wanting to participate can download the logo, banner and spot from the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org).Florence and Hussein have not been seen since they left the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad on the morning of 5 January. Florence had been in Iraq since 16 December. A veteran correspondent used to tough assignments, she has covered conflicts in Algeria, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Organisation News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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