Council of Europe chief 'relieved' French journalists freed

29th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Council of Europe chief Thorbjorn Jagland was "relieved" to learn that two French journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan 18 months ago had been released, his spokesman said Wednesday.

"Journalists have a dangerous job and sometimes risk their lives to find the truth," Daniel Holtgan, spokesman for the secretary general, told AFP.

Cameraman Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere of France 3 public television were seized by the Taliban in November 2009 in the mountains of Kapisa, an unstable region east of the Afghan capital Kabul.

Holtgan said there was a small demonstration by journalists outside the council's Strasbourg headquarters on Wednesday after news broke that the reporters were free.

France 3 said the pair was in good health and high spirits and were due to fly to the Villacoublay air base outside Paris on Thursday to be reunited with their families.

© 2011 AFP

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