Wednesday, July 4, 2007

July 4th release for Alan Johnston

The news about Alan Johnston this morning was joyous. His interview with James Naughtie on Today was one of the most remarkable interviews that I have heard. He reminded us that Terry Waite, Brian Keenan, John McCarthy were held for far longer than him - up to four years. He also showed endearing consideration for his parents and the worry they have been through. It was also inspiring how he said he wanted to do work for journalists and people in similar circumstances in the future.

I will leave my Alan Johnston "button" up for the forseeable future.

This whole episode has been a remarkable reminder of the high global reputation of BBC journalists.

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