Swedish journalists missing in Syria are freed

January 8, 2014
Category: Archive

GlobalPost | Associated Press

Wednesday morning, GlobalPost reported that two Swedish journalists who were missing in Syria have been freed. According to Agence France-Presse, the news was confirmed by a source with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In November, Poynter wrote about Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström,  who may not have had the right papers and were abducted in November when trying to leave the country.

The GlobalPost story does not name the two journalists who have been freed, but the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Sweden’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the two freed journalists were Falkehed and Hammarström.

On Monday, the AP reported that Bunyamin Aygun, a Turkish photographer also missing in Syria since November, was freed.

Austin Tice and James Foley, two American journalists who were working in Syria, remain missing. In 2013, 49 journalists were kidnapped in Syria, according to Reporters Without Borders.