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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 June 2007, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Messages for Alan Johnston
Alan Johnston
Colleagues of Alan Johnston have sent messages they hope will reach the missing Gaza correspondent on the 100th day since his abduction by armed men.

Personal tributes came from those who had worked with him, based in BBC bureaux around the world.


I'm sitting in my office overlooking a noisy, city street, ploughing through a long interview with a German historian of communism. Was terror just an aberration or was it a necessary component of the whole communist system, he asks.

In Gaza just before Christmas, Alan, you drove me to the place the Israelis used to call Netzarim. There was a single tree standing tall, above all the war and destruction and desolation. I wish you the strength of that tree today on your 100th day in captivity.


I've been researching a report into Russia's relations with the rest of the world.

I was Alan Johnston's predecessor as Gaza correspondent, and I remember his arriving there in the last days of my posting. Alan, I remember passing on to you what helpful advice I could but I knew then that you would do a fantastic job as Gaza correspondent and I look forward to talking to you again when you're free.


I'm the South Asian producer and I'm working in Afghanistan this week. It's about 1645 local time and we've just finished doing a live for News 24 and World Television where we all gathered in the Kabul House garden to remember Alan and pray for his immediate release.

I just want to send a special message from his Kabul friends; Mafus, Iqbal, Sultan, Bilal, Haji, Bashi, Dr Wassi and Walli. They all send their love to our dear friend, Alan, from all of us.


I've just flown back from central China where I've been looking into a story about slavery. Over the last week hundreds of men and boys have been rescued from underground brick factories. We're keen to tell their story properly.

Alan, I remember us carting your suitcases on a trolley through the Erez crossing into Gaza as you began your posting three years ago. After that I often went into Gaza to work alongside you. You are the finest correspondent I know. I look forward to seeing you soon.


In Cardiff, by the usual standards, it's a pretty quiet day. I'm trying to put together a story on a bizarre case of alleged sexual discrimination involving a woman conductor and a male voice choir... only in Wales!

It would have been an unremarkable day if it wasn't for my preoccupation with Alan Johnston, his 100 days as a hostage, and his inability to cover even the most routine stories on his patch.

Having worked alongside Alan in Gaza, I know he'll be frustrated and anxious - not just by his own predicament, but because he's not free to report on the latest, tumultuous events in the Palestinian areas.

I hope you're hearing this Alan, I hope you'll soon be free.

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