French Woman Journalist Held Captive in Iraq Freed Yesterday
French journalist Florence Aubenas, who was abducted in Baghdad on January 5, was freed on Sunday along with her interpreter Hussein Hanoun al-Saadi. Aubenas is a foreign correspondent for the newspaper Liberation. Aubenas was one of what the Washington Post reports to be hundreds of Iraqis and foreigners abducted in Iraq since the insurgency began two years ago.
Held hostage for more than five months in what she has called “severe” conditions, during her captivity Aubenas became a symbol for supporters of freedom of the press around the world, reports the BBC. Known as a “high profile” reporter in France, Aubenas had covered stories for Liberation in many part of the world, including Rwanda, Kosova, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan.
Media Resources: BBC News 6/12/05; The Associated Press 6/12/05; The Washington Post, 6/13/05; LA Times 6/13/05