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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

BBC Reporter Johnston did not stage his own kidnapping

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/04/bbc-reporter-johnston-did-not-stage-his.html

Wishful thinking on the part of certain people may have prompted them to circulate a story that reporter Alan Johnston staged his own kidnapping and was about to be dismissed. There is a great will to believe that prompts people to spin news and shut out news they do not like.
 

BBC denies report that journalist staged own kidnapping

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=30&objectid=10433540
 10:30PM Tuesday April 10, 2007

The BBC has flatly denied Palestinian reports that one of its journalists may have staged his own kidnapping in the Gaza Strip.

Chief of the BBC's Middle East Bureau Simon Wilson said that there was no truth in any suggestion that Johnston abducted himself or colluded with Palestinian colleagues in the supposed kidnapping. Nor was there any truth that Johnston was about to be dismissed, he said.

"Alan is a highly respected journalist. He was due to return to London in April after a three-year position in Gaza, to resume a full-time staff job with the BBC World Service," Wilson added.

According to London-based Arab language newspaper, Al-Hayat, Johnston staged his capture by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip after he received a notice from his superiors that he would be fired in the near future.

Johnston has been missing since March 12.


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