Help plea by family of journalist missing in Syria: NGO

BEIRUT- The family of a Palestinian-Jordanian journalist missing in Syria for more than three months has appealed for help in securing his release, Beirut-based media rights watchdog SKeyes said on Sunday.
"Nasser al-Kadumi, brother of (US broadcaster) Al-Hurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi al-Kadumi... called for the assistance of everyone able to help ensure his release," a statement said.

Kadumi has been missing in Syria since August 20, and his family and Al-Hurra believe he is being held by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, SKeyes said.
He went missing at the same time as his Turkish colleague Cuneyt Unal, who was held by government troops for almost three months before being freed on Saturday.
Unal said Kadumi was seriously wounded on August 20 after being caught in crossfire in the northern city of Aleppo.
"I haven't seen him since. I don't know if he is still alive," Unal sat on Saturday.
Fourteen professional journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict started there last year. Another 38 citizen journalists have also been killed, according to international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

Sunday, November 18th 2012

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