British journalist freed after being held hostage in Basra for two months

first_imgNews News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Richard Butler, a British journalist who was kidnapped in Basra (590 km south of Baghdad) on 10 February, was rescued by Iraqi soldiers today. Butler was on assignment for the US TV network CBS News. His interpreter, who was kidnapped with him, was released by their captors after three days.“We are happy and relieved that Butler is safe and sound again after two months of being held hostage,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Iraq continues to be extremely dangerous for journalists, five years after the start of the war. We have not forgotten the 14 journalists of whom there has been no word in the many months since their abduction.”Iraqi soldiers found Butler blindfolded and with his hands tied in a house in a Basra district where the military were carrying out a major sweep. It is not clear whether the Iraqi army had been tipped off to his location. An Iraqi officer said his captors were arrested.Butler and his interpreter were kidnapped by gunmen early in the morning of 10 February outside the Qsar al Sultan Hotel in Basra, where Butler was staying. Members of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr’s movement succeeded in pressuring the group to release the interpreter three days later.Three journalists have been kidnapped in Iraq since the start of January. One of them, Haidar Mijwit Hamdane, was founded dead in Baghdad. In all, at least 87 journalists and media assistants have been taken hostage in Iraq during the past five years.Click here to read the chapter on Iraq in this year’s annual report on press freedom worldwide, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 13 February. RSF_en April 14, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British journalist freed after being held hostage in Basra for two months RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Richard Butler (photo, ©AFP), a British journalist who was kidnapped in Basra (590 km south of Baghdad) on 10 February, was rescued by Iraqi soldiers today.“We are happy and relieved that Butler is safe and sound again after two months of being held hostage,” the organisation said. Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Devastating Rabada takes second 10-wicket haul as SA seal series

first_imgBy Mark GleesonCAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – Kagiso Rabada claimed a six-wicket haul yesterday as South Africa bowled Sri Lanka out for 224 in their second innings to win the second Test by 282 runs with a day and a half to spare and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Sri Lanka failed to last the first session of the fourth day at Newlands, having resumed on 130-4 and being dismissed after just over 100 minutes of play.They added 94 runs for their final six wickets to fold easily after being set a huge 507-run target on Wednesday.“We have been relentless, never letting Sri Lanka into the game. We really stood up at key moments of the game,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.The 21-year-old Rabada, who finished with figures of 6-55 and a second 10-wicket haul in a Test, ran through the visiting batsmen in a fiery seven-over spell, first having Dinesh Chandimal (30) caught as he flicked the ball up to Stephen Cook at short leg.Upul Tharanga was next to go as he swung the bat through a brief knock of 12 runs off seven balls, perishing when he got a bottom edge through to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Rabada, having taken two overnight, then claimed his fifth wicket of the innings, surprising captain Angelo Mathews with some extra bounce and finding the edge of the bat for de Kock to take another catch. Mathews went for 49, the top Sri Lankan score of the Test.Suranga Lakmal (10) was next, as a rising delivery from Rabada brushed his glove on the way through to de Kock. Rangana Herath and Lahiru Kumara showed some resistance for the ninth wicket before quick glove-work had Kumara stumped off Keshav Maharaj for nine.Nuwan Pradeep was bowled by Vernon Philander to end the match, leaving Herath not out on 35.“I felt my rhythm was a little off in the first innings but then it all clicked in the second innings and it all just got a lot better,” Rabada told reporters.South Africa dominated the Test, save for the first session on the opening day, scoring 392 in their first innings with Dean Elgar and de Kock both getting centuries.Philander and Rabada then took four wickets each as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 110 in reply but South Africa did not enforce the follow-on, batting again instead and declaring midway the third day on 224-7.South Africa won the first Test in Port Elizabeth by 206 runs and will be seeking a whitewash of the series in the third Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from January 12 to 16.“It’s obviously disappointing to make the same mistakes in a second successive Test match. The batsmen let the bowlers down,” said Sri Lanka captain Mathews. SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 392 (D. Elgar 129, Q. de Kock 101; L. Kumara 6-122)SRI LANKA 1st innings 110 (V. Philander 4-27, K. Rabada 4-37)SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings 224 for 7 decl. (D. Elgar 55; S. Lakmal 4-69)SRI LANKA 2nd innings (o/n 130-4) Target: 507 runs)D. Karunaratne b Philander 6K. Silva c Cook b Rabada 29K. Mendis c Elgar b Philander 4D. de Silva lbw b Rabada 22A. Mathews c de Kock b Rabada 49D. Chandimal c Cook b Rabada 30U. Tharanga c de Kock b Rabada 12R. Herath not out 35S. Lakmal c de Kock b Rabada 10L. Kumara stp. de Kock b Maharaj 9N. Pradeep b Philander 5Extras: (b-6, lb-5, nb-2) 13Total: (all out, 62 overs) 224Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-25, 3-66, 4-69, 5-144, 6-165, 7-166, 8-178, 9-211.Bowling: K. Abbott 15-3-46-0, V. Philander 14-1-48-3 (nb-1), K. Rabada 17-3-55-6 (nb-1),K. Maharaj 16-3-64-1.last_img read more

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