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
3/25/2015 Afghan Woman Beaten to Death for Burning Koran - A 27-year-old woman â€Žwho reportedly burned a copy of the Koran inside of a riverside shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive on Thursday.
Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with bricks and sticks and repeatedly kicking her. . . .