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Appeal to Free Spanish Journalist and Photographer Kidnapped in Syria
Written by Nour Al-Ali On 11 December 2013 @ 9:43 am | No Comments
In Breaking News, Digital Activism, English, Human Rights, Media & Journalism, Middle East & North Africa, Politics, Syria, War & Conflict, Weblog
Monica Preito, wife of Spanish El Mundo journalist Javier Espinosa, appealed and campaigned for her husband's release as well as that of another Spanish freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova in a standing-room-only press conference  held in Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday [December 11].
According to El Mundo , Espinosa and Vilanova disappeared on September 16 while en route to Syria's Raqqa  region, and were subsequently kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria  [ISIS], along with four Free Syrian Army  fighters. The fighters were released 12 days later. However, the journalists remain in captivity to date as the ISIS believes they are spies, added the Spanish publication in its report.
Preito, who is also a journalist, stated that they only sought the public's help after reaching an “impasse” with his captors. Vilanova's family are also appealing for help, as Daily Telegraph Middle East Correspondent Richard Spencer tweeted:
Families of Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova endorse public campaign for his release from ISIS jail in Syria. #FreeJavier_Ricardo 
— Richard Spencer (@RichardJSpencer) December 10, 2013 
Solidarity with the kidnapped journalist and photographer is expressed by Syrians, the international community and journalists alike as BBC Madrid Correspondent Tom Burridge stated in a tweet:
— Tom Burridge (@TomBurridgebbc) December 10, 2013 
This was not Espinosa's first time in Syria since the unrest. He survived the Baba Amro blast that killed Sunday Times journalist Maria Colvin  in February 2012. Twitter user, The 47th, said that while the world neglected Assad's first massacre, Espinosa did not hesitate to stand alongside the truth:
Javier Espinosa was almost killed along with Marie Colvin in Baba Amr, he was one of the FEW voices that reported on Assad's 1st massacres.
— The 47th (@THE_47th) December 10, 2013 
He also implied that the enemies of ISIS and Assad are one:
ISIS hate Javier Espinosa as much as Assad did. They hate what he stands for..freedom, liberty and accountability.
— The 47th (@THE_47th) December 10, 2013 
Twitter user Yalla Souria also remarked that the likes of Father Paolo , Espinosa and Vilanova are captured by both ISIS and the Assad regime:
— yalla souriya (@YallaSouriya) December 10, 2013 
Another user demanded his release:
— Aubergine أوبرجين (@oh_bergine) December 9, 2013 
Vilanova is also known for his remarkable documentation  of Libya, Egypt, and Syria throughout Arab-Spring.
The official campaign for their release issued the following statement, adding in later updates that kidnapping journalists is against the revolution's principles:
Javier and Ricardo have been kidnapped for 11 weeks. They, like scores of Syrian activists and journalists, are missing in the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Javier was in Baba Amr, Homs, during the regime's last offensive in February 2012. He saw his two colleagues, Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, killed right before his eyes. He still refused to leave Baba Amr until the last civilians were evacuated.
Ricardo has also worked in Syria many times since the start of the revolution, and he has helped organise medicines for doctors trying to help the civilian victims of the war.
Join the online campaign for their release here .
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URLs in this post:
 press conference: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/10/us-spain-kidnap-idUSBRE9B906J20131210
 El Mundo: http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2013/12/09/52a5a97363fd3d82468b4598.html
 Raqqa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ar-Raqqah
 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant
 Free Syrian Army: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Syrian_Army
 #FreeJavier_Ricardo: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FreeJavier_Ricardo&src=hash
 December 10, 2013: https://twitter.com/RichardJSpencer/statuses/410387234924150784
 pic.twitter.com/JEaH1iI4qo: http://t.co/JEaH1iI4qo
 December 10, 2013: https://twitter.com/TomBurridgebbc/statuses/410374674464653313
 killed Sunday Times journalist Maria Colvin: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9099325/Marie-Colvin-Syria-regime-accused-of-murder-in-besieged-Homs.html
 December 10, 2013: https://twitter.com/THE_47th/statuses/410372100092747776
 December 10, 2013: https://twitter.com/THE_47th/statuses/410372295647961089
 Father Paolo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paolo_Dall
 #AbunaPaolo: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AbunaPaolo&src=hash
 @javierespinosa2: https://twitter.com/javierespinosa2
 December 10, 2013: https://twitter.com/YallaSouriya/statuses/410370429325303808
 #Syria: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Syria&src=hash
 December 9, 2013: https://twitter.com/oh_bergine/statuses/410192362522963968
 remarkable documentation: http://www.corbisimages.com/photographer/ricardo-garcia-vilanova
 here: https://www.facebook.com/freejavierricardo?notif_t=fbpage_fan_invite
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