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Procedure : 2007/2552(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B6-0174/2007

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 26/04/2007 - 14.2
CRE 26/04/2007 - 14.2

Votes :

PV 26/04/2007 - 15.1

Texts adopted :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0159/2007
PE 389.440v0
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Elizabeth Lynne, Chris Davies, Sarah Ludford
on behalf of the ALDE Group
on Alan Johnston BBC journalist kidnapped in Gaza
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Alan Johnston BBC journalist kidnapped in Gaza 

The European Parliament,

   -having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,
   A.whereas Alan Johnston, correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation was abducted on 12 March 2007 near his office as he was returning from the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel,
   B.seriously concerned by the fact that more than one month has now passed with no news of Alan Johnston,
   C.whereas masses of Palestinian people have taken part in demonstrations calling for his release and proving the extent to which his work is appreciated by the local population,
   D.whereas the silence surrounding the kidnapping is particularly worrying,
   E.whereas, according to Reporters without Borders, 14 foreign journalists have been kidnapped in the Gaza strip since August 2005 and not one of the abductors have been caught or prosecuted,
   F.whereas no group has claimed responsibility for Alan Johnston's abduction, which has been condemned by President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh and the heads of the leading Palestinian movements,
   G.whereas on 5 April 2007, Palestinian journalists went on strike, boycotting government business in order to bring pressure to bear on it to do more to secure the release of Alan Johnston,
   H.whereas Alan Johnston is believed to be the only Western journalist still working full time in the Gaza strip,

1.  Calls on the Palestinian Authority to redouble its efforts to ensure the immediate release, unharmed, of Alan Johnston;

2.  Expresses its solidarity with Alan Johnston and his family and joins the Palestinian people who have publicly stated their support for his release;

3.  Calls on the Palestinian Authority to ensure that all attacks against journalists and other civilians are investigated thoroughly and that those responsible for such crimes are brought to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty;

4.  Is aware that many abductions of journalists have taken place recently in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in Gaza and believes that this constitutes a serious threat to media professionals and consequently to freedom of expression and freedom of the press;

5.  Commends the determination and courage of journalists who continue to do their work despite the growing frequency of such abductions;

6.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the High Representative for CFSP, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian Legislative Council and the UN Secretary-General

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