Blog: Al-Arabiya news team missing in the Philippines

19 Jun

Baker Abdulla Atyani (AP/Nickee Butlangan)

CPJ is monitoring with concern the news coverage of Baker Abdulla
Atyani, a Pakistan-based Jordanian Al-Arabiya TV journalist, and his two
Philippine crew members, Rolando Letrero and Ramelito Vela, who have been
unaccounted for since June 12.

Atyani, Letrero, and Vela left their hotel in Jolo, in the
southern Philippines, to interview a commander for the militant Abu Sayyaf, a
banned Islamic separatist group in the region, according to local and
international news reports. The three refused offers of a security detail from
local authorities, the reports said.

They have not returned. Various news accounts report them as “missing,” “kidnapped,” and a link between Abu Sayyaf and Al-Qaeda.

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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