Free Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan

October 1, 2009

A Petition a Day

While waiting for news about Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan, I thought I’d focus on one different petition a day while always keeping the petition for them out in the forefront.A big thank you for all of you who have signed so far.

Hope some of you will join me in signing them. if you have a petition that is  near & dear to your heart, please let me know and I will post it here.

Todays is

Save The Cancun Tigers

and can be found at Change.org at the link below

http://www.change.org/actions/view/save_the_cancun_tigers

Amanda & Nigel’s Petition can be found at the link below:

http://bit.ly/fhmqq

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September 12, 2009

Did Amanda Lindhout give birth on July 19th, 2009?

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Reliable source Osen-Hunter Global Security Group thinks it’s worth a mention: @http://tinyurl.com/qpbkx5 or read PDF version: http://www.osen-hunter.com/docRepo/F-L%2009-031%20July%2021.pdf

Although I’ve read this around the internet before, not much validity was given the source. However I think it’s worth a mention now that Osen-Hunter Global Security has reported it as being a possibility. If indeed Amanda did give birth and I hope not, how does this affect the chances of her release now, to say nothing of what would become of the baby. The implications all around are just overwhelming, they already were before talk of a birth. I can not imagine what this woman is going through. Thank the powers that be she is young, and the young are resilient if nothing else.

Basically this is the gist of what Osen-Hunter’s report says:

INDICATOR:

CANADIAN HOSTAGE AMANDA LINDHOUT IN SOMALIA MAY HAVE GIVEN BIRTH
We received an indication late tonight that Miss Amanda Lindhout, held captive in Mogadishu for 11 months, may have given birth to a child. The infant, a girl we believe, was said to have been born on Saturday.
Assessment and cautionary note: this is from a single source, but the short report is flush with details, so we assess it is a reasonably strong indication.
What we received in part:

Amanda Lindhout oo ah gabar wariye ah oo u dhalatay Canada ee lagu afduubtay wadada Afgooye bishii August ee sanadkii 2008 … ayaa maalintii sabtiga ahayd ku umushay magaalada Muqdisho.

What we believe this means: “Amanda Lindhout is a female journalist [literally, “girl journalist”] born in Canada, abducted in the month of August the year 2008 near Afgooye. Per day Saturday she gave birth in Mogadishu.”

Keeping in mind our cautionary note above, there was an indication of a medical problem:

Xoogaga Islaamiyiinta ah qaarkood ayaa aaminsan in gabdhaha … banaysanayo dhiigooda. We take that to mean that there was “bleeding,” but “trustworthy Muslim women” tended to her.

A ransom of 2.5 million dollars (furasho gaaraysa 2.5 Milyan dollar) was also mentioned.
We regret to report that we have not detected any new word about Miss Lindhout’s colleague, Nigel Brennan of Australia. The two journalists were kidnapped 23 August 2008 on the Afgooye-Mogadishu corridor after covering the Afgooye camp for Internally Displaced Persons.

In April, we received an indication that one of her kidnappers had raped her. 1 We believe they (Amanda & Nigel) have been kept apart from each other for months and restrained in shackles in windowless rooms. Both are in poor health. OSEN-HUNTER GLOBAL SECURITY has maintained a vigil for both journalists and filed more than 20 intelligence reports on their status since their abduction.

All information contained herein is subject to the disclaimer on the last page of this report.

Above Source: Scroll down to July 21st security report and news item at link below. Also read the Forward-Leaning, Osen-Hunter’s Global Security Report of August 21st, 2009.

http://www.osen-hunter.com/news/

And please, if you haven’t already, sign the care2.com petition for both Amanda & Nigel

Click here for petition

August 5, 2009

Freedom At Last For Laura Ling & Euna Lee

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Euna Lee (left), Laura Ling (right)

Well God Bless Bill Clinton’s big ole Southern heart for a job well done on behalf of journalists Laura Ling & Euna Lee. It gives hope when North Korea, a regime isolated like no other can sit down at the table with a western delagate and come to an agreement on anything.

For a Statement from families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee please click on the below link:

http://ow.ly/15JRli

July 31, 2009

Two standards for kidnapping

To tell or not to tell.

Two camps of thoughts, but which is the right one for Amanda & Nigel? If we are to take our lead by what is ‘not’ being said or done in this case, the silent camp seems to be the standard to follow. However, with Nigel Brennan’s mother speaking publically for the first time last week, it leads one to believe not even they are privy to any inner negotiations that may, or may not be at work on their behalf. And if no negotiations are going on, if time is just ticking away and Amanda & Nigel are becoming more of a liability with each passing day, it begs the questions:

Are these two going to die in Somalia, are our governments really going to let this happen?

What then could be a solution, and a very quick one, to this terrible situtaion?

The below was published on Monday, June 22, 2009 by The National post.

Happy endings have a way of halting tricky questions in their tracks. No doubt everyone’s happy to hear that another reporter in Afghanistan managed to survive a hostage ordeal that could have ended badly and bloodily. This time, it was New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in November, only almost no-one outside media circles knew that till he escaped Friday. That’s because the media deliberately kept Rohde’s kidnapping a secret.

“From the early days of this ordeal, the prevailing view among David’s family, experts in kidnapping cases, officials of several government and others we consulted was that going public could increase the danger,” Bill Keller, the Times’ executive editor, explained. “We decided to respect that advice … and a number of other news organizations that learned of David’s plight have done the same. We are enormously grateful for their support.”

Since Rohde survived, everything done to secure his release – including the widespread efforts to hide the news of his abduction – seems irresistibly reasonable in retrospect. With a different, unhappier ending, would we be as cool with the media decision to consciously suppress the story? Videos sent by his kidnappers to various Arab TV networks, presumably making demands were, according to reports, “not given extended air play at the urging of the Times.” (One blogger noticed back in February that Rohde had been missing, and discovered the truth about his abduction, but other reporters told him there was nothing he or they could do about it, given the decision by all editors to censor the story). CBC reporter, Melissa Fung, benefited from the same media blackout last fall.

When news organizations aren’t directly impacted by hostage takings, they tend to play by different rules: The kidnapping of Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay in Niger last year earned plenty of news coverage, as has unaffiliated freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout’s plight in Somalia, and freelance journalist Beverly Giesbrecht in Pakistan (both of whom remain in custody). Interestingly, newspapers have felt liberated to reveal the tale of Rohde’s kidnapping, along with his fixer and driver, now that the American reporter is free, even though one member of the group still remains held in the Taliban compound.

There can be little question that reporters are getting special treatment. But if we agree on that, we might do ourselves the favour of being reflective enough to ask why. The Toronto Star’s public editor several months ago recalled how that paper – which participated in the cover-up of Melissa Fung’s kidnapping – had to ignore pleas from the family of Je Yell Kim not to report on his capture in North Korea because “the incarceration of a Canadian by a foreign government was an issue of important public interest in Canada. So, too, was the question of what Canadian authorities were doing to secure his release.”

In that case, things turned out fine. They don’t always. It’s impossible to tell how much the glare of media coverage has influenced a kidnapper to do something he otherwise mightn’t have, but it’s safe to say that an increased profile of a hostage situation must have a kind of Observer Effect on the actors.

The conspiracy by media to gag kidnapping stories of reporters abroad may have saved Rohde’s life, and Fung’s too. If so, great. Perhaps it had no effect on the outcome at all. This is something we’ll never know. But one thing we might be able to know, if we dared to ask it of ourselves, is why different rules were apparently applied to Rohde and Fung than to Giesbrecht, Lindhout, and others. If a New York Times or CBC reporter’s life was sufficiently worth guarding as to sacrifice the kind of high-minded, self-ascribed newsroom principles given by the Star to Je Yell Kim’s family, surely others’ lives are, too.

Source: National Post

July 26, 2009

Family of kidnapped journalist breaks silence

Finally word from one of the families, Nigel Brennan’s. The pressure on them must be enormous to do the ‘right’ thing for their loved ones. So to, must ‘knowing’ what the right thing to do, is.

The below is the full published report from the National Post
dated Friday, July 24, 2009.

CALGARY — The family of a photographer taken hostage along with Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout in Somalia is stepping up the pressure on the Australian government to negotiate the man’s release.

The family of Nigel Brennan has broken its silence on the case, criticizing the negotiation process as lacking in transparency and taking “a ridiculous amount of time.”

“We are just desperate to get some answers from our government,” family spokeswoman Rebecca Hutchins told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. “What do they think is a reasonable time for an Australian citizen to be held captive?”

Brennan’s mother also confronted Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd during a public visit earlier this week, according to media reports.

Brennan and Lindhout were kidnapped on Aug. 23, 2008 along with local journalist Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was released in January.

In another interview with ABC, an Australian official said Friday the family’s public comments Thursday will not help speed up negotiations for Brennan’s release.

“I understand very much their frustration and the agony of the mother who hasn’t seen her son for almost a year,” said foreign minister Stephen Smith. “Our advice has always been not to go public, not to go to the media.”

Rudd said in a separate interview that the country is doing everything it can.

“This is an exceptionally complex matter, and I think if you were fully apprised, confidentially, of the details of the case… you’d be fully seized of how difficult and complex a matter this is, given the part of the world in which he is located,” the Australian prime minister said.

Negotiations between Canadian officials and Somali hostage takers ceased in January, and Lindhout issued a plea in May to AFP via a five-minute phone conversation, saying she and Brennan are not doing well.

“The situation here is very dire and very serious. I’ve been a hostage for nine months, the conditions are very bad, I don’t drink clean water, I am fed at most once a day,” Lindhout said during the plea. “I’m being kept . . . in a dark windowless room, completely alone.”

Brennan also spoke during the plea, noting his health was “extremely poor and deteriorating rapidly.”

The pair’s kidnapping has been one of the longest recent abductions in Somalia, although all previous kidnappings of journalists have ended with the release of the hostages amid claims that ransoms were paid.

Negotiations for their release have reportedly collapsed several times.

Source: The National Post

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign the petition below on Amanda & Nigel’s behalf .

Thank you.

Petition:

http://bit.ly/fhmqq

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