European coucil chief 'relieved' French journalists freed
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.
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