Alan Johnston Freed

kidnapped BBC Journalist Alan Johnston, has been freed in Gaza after almost four months in captivity .

Alan was freed early Wednesday after a late-night deal between the ruling Hamas Islamists and the Al Qaeda-inspired clan group that kidnapped him in March.

Rallies worldwide had called for Mr Johnston’s release. An online petition was signed by some 200,000 people.

Mr Johnston’s father Graham said he and his wife were “overjoyed” at their son’s release.

“It’s been 114 days of a living nightmare,” he said.

In his first PMQ’s, Gordon Brown said: “The whole country will welcome the news that Alan Johnston, a fearless journalist whose voice was silenced for too long, is now free.”

Posted by Johnnie Larkin on Wednesday 4 July 2007
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