Iraq 25 March 2005

"Brussels Declaration" : European media support Florence Aubenas, Hussein Hanoun and the three Romanian journalists

"We, editorial directors of European media, express our solidarity with Florence Aubenas, special correspondent for the French daily newspaper Libération, and her Iraqi guide Hussein Hanoun, kidnapped in Iraq on 5 January 2005, as well as reporter Mari Jeanne Ion and cameraman Sorin Dumitru Miscoci of the Romanian television station, Prima TV, and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian of the privately-owned daily newspaper, Romania Libera.

We reaffirm that there can be no freedom without the freedom to inform the public, everywhere and in every place. This freedom is a fundamental right that every one of us should work to defend and promote.

In addition, we call on all European institutions and member countries of the Union, to redouble their efforts for the two hostages. And, more than that, that they make themselves active defenders of press freedom, without which we cannot speak about democracy.

Today, Florence Aubenas, Hussein Hanoun, Mari Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian need all of us."

Forty European news media executives and editors signed the attached statement on 22 March in Brussels.

Since then, more than 150 news media from all the countries of Europe have backed the lead taken by Libération, Reporters Without Borders and the AMJ. The campaign must continue. All news media executives and editors who have not yet signed the statement are invited to do so.

On 5 May, kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas and her assistant Hussein Hanoun will begin their forth month in captivity in Iraq. We call on all media that have signed the Brussels Declaration urging their release to print or broadcast it on that day, along with photos of the five journalists currently being held in Iraq.

You can download here:
-  the text of the Declaration (in English, German, Spanish...):

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-  Photos of the five journalists kidnapped in Iraq

-  Florence Aubenas :

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Florence Aubenas

-  Hussein Hanoun :

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Hussein Hanoun

-  Marie-Jeanne Ion :

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Marie-Jeanne Ion

-  Sorin Dumitru Miscoci :

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Sorin Miscoci

-  Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian :

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Ovidiu Ohanesian

Logos:
-  "Libération" :

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Logo de Libération

-  Reporters sans frontières :

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Logo de Reporters sans frontières

European media that have already signed:

MediaFirst nameNameCountry
ABCRamon PerezMauraSpain
AFPPierreTailleferFrance
AftenpostenStanghelleHaraldNorway
Aldaketa HamaseiMiguel AngelArtolaSpain
AGR Rcs news agencyGiovanniSavareseItalia
ARD..Germany
ArteGérardSaint-PaulFrance
BayardBrunoFrappatFrance
BELGAJean-PierreBREULETBelgium
BEL-RTL/ RTL TVI BelgiumPhilippeRousselBelgium
Bergen AvisenOlavBergoNorway
Bonnier GroupBengtBraunSweden
Bulgarian National RadioPoliaStanchevaBulgaria
Bulgarian National TelevisionVaskoMihailovBulgaria
Cambio 16GorkaLandaburuSpain
Canal+/ItvBernardZekriFrance
Canvi SeizeManuel DominguezMoreno Spain
CapaHervé ChabalierFrance
Centre PresseRichard LavigneFrance
cesky Rozhlas..Czeck Republic
Charlie HebdoPhilippeValFrance
Commowealth press associationLindsayRossGreat Britain
Courrier InternationalPhilippeThureau-DanginFrance
Dagblad De LimburgerbrouwersBartNetherlands
De Morgen BelgiumYvesDesmetBelgium
Der BundHanspeterSporriSwitzerland
Die PresseMichaelFleischhackerAustria
De Standaard BelgiumPeterVandermeerschBelgium
Der StandardEvaLinsingerAustria
Der SternAndreasPetzoldGermany
Die WeltAndreaSeibelGermany
Die ZeitGiovanniDi LorenzoGermany
Dnes..Czeck Republic
Edipress Publications SABouchatTheoSwitzerland
Eesti PäevalethPriitHobemagEstonia
Eesti Raadio..Estonia
El MundoDe la SernaVictorSpain
El PaisBastenierMiguel-AngelSpain
El Periodico de CatalunyaAntonioFrancoSpain
ElleValerieToranianFrance
ElsevierArendoJoustraNetherlands
ENPAValtteriNiiranenBelgium
EuronewsLuisRivasFrance
ETVIimarRaagEstonia
Europe 1JérômeBellayFrance
FocusHelmutMarkwortGermany
France 2Arlette ChabotFrance
France 3 HervéBrusiniFrance
France 5AlexandreMichelinFrance
France CultureLaureAdlerFrance
France InfoMichelPolaccoFrance
France InterGilles SchneiderFrance
France SoirValerieLecasbleFrance
Frankfurter RundschauWolfangStorzGermany
GEOPeterMatthiasGermany
Gibraltar ChronicleDominiqueSearlGreat Britain
Hamburger AbendblattMensoHeylGermany
HandelsblattBerndZiesemerGermany
Hospodrske Noviny..Czeck Republic
HVGVASARHELYIJuliaHungaria
Il ManifestoGabrielePoloItalia
International Herald TribuneWalter WellsFrance
Knack BelgiumVan HumbeekHubertBelgium
Kleine ZeitungFridoHutterAustria
Kristeligt DagblatBjaeregerErikDenmark
L’EchoyvesCavalierBelgium
La Charente LibreJacques GuyonFrance
La CroixBrunoFrappatFrance
La Dépêche du MidiJean-MichelBayletFrance
La Libre BelgiumMichelKonenBelgium
La MarseillaiseRolandMartinezFrance
La MontagneJean-PierreCaillardFrance
La Nouvelle République du Centre OuestPascalArnaudFrance
La ProvenceGillesDauxerreFrance
La République du CentreJacquesCamusFrance
La RepubblicaEzioMauroItalia
La StampaVittorioSabadinItalia
La TribuneFrançoisPietriFrance
La Tribune de GenèveDominiqueVon BurgSwitzerland
La Tribune JuiveIvanLevaiFrance
Latvjas RadioDzintrisKolatsLettony
La VieMaxArmanetFrance
La Voix du NordJean MichelBretonnierFrance
L’AlsaceJean PierreChampiatFrance
LCIJean-ClaudeDassierFrance
LCP Assemblée NationaleRichard MichelFrance
Le Berry RépublicainBernardStephanFrance
Le Bien PublicJean-LouisPierreFrance
Le Courier de l’OuestJacquesBosseauFrance
le CourrierMarcoGregoriSwitzerland
Le Courrier PicardDidierLouisFrance
L’EchoYvesCavalierBelgium
Le Dauphiné LibéréJean Pierre SouchonFrance
Le FigaroNicolasBeytoutFrance
Le Figaro MagazineJosephMace ScaronFrance
Le Journal du CentreDanielRuizFrance
Le Journal du DimancheJean-ClaudeMauriceFrance
Le Journal de Saône-et-LoireBernardMugnierFrance
Le Maine LibreRaymondMaudetFrance
Le Midi LibreRoger AntechFrance
Le MondeGérardCourtoisFrance
Le Nouvel ObservateurJeanDanielFrance
Le ParisienChristiande VilleneuveFrance
Le Pèlerin René PoujolFrance
Le PointFranz-OlivierGiesbertFrance
Le ProgresJean PaulLardyFrance
Le QuotidienDenisBercheLuxembourg
Le Republicain LorrainJacquesVironFrance
Le SoirBéatriceDelvauxBelgium
Le TélégrammeEdouardCoudurierFrance
Le TempsJean-JacquesRothSwitzerland
L’EquipeClaude DroussentFrance
Les Dernières Nouvelles d’AlsaceDominique JungFrance
Les EchosJacques BarrauxFrance
L’Est RépublicainPierreTariboFrance
L’ExpansionGeorgesValanceFrance
L’ExpressDenisJeambarFrance
L’HumanitéPierreLaurentFrance
LibérationSergeJulyFrance
Lidove Noviny..Czeck Republic
Limburgs DagbladFransBlokNetherlands
L’IndépendantMichelBadrignansFrance
Lithuanian Radio TelevisionKestutis PetrauskisBuneviciuteLituanie
L’UnionThierryde CabarrusFrance
Macedonia Radio Television..Macedonia
M6Jérôme BureauFrance
MarianneMaurice SzafranFrance
Marie ClaireTinaKiefferFrance
Märkische OderzeitungHeinzKurtzbachGermany
M-Menschen Machen MedienKarinWenkGermany
National newspapers of IrelandAnne-MarieLenihanIrelande
Monte Carlo Radio diffusionJean-PierreMargossianMonaco
NépszabadsagKarolyT VörösHungaria
Netherland Public Broadcasting..Netherlands
Neues DeutschlandJurgenReentsGermany
Nice MatinMichelComboulFrance
Noordhollands DagbladGeertTen DamNetherlands
Nord EclairJean-RenéLoreFrance
Norvegian Broadcasting CorporationJohnBeranderNorway
Nos TV NewsHanslaroesNetherlands
Novum Nieuws agencyMarcelVan de HoefNetherlands
ORFKarlAmonAustria
Ouest FranceThéoLe DiouronFrance
P2C DailyAndreaOosthoekNetherlands
Paris-MatchAlainGenestarFrance
Paris-NormandieAntoineRousteauFrance
PolitikenTogerSeindenfadenDenmark
Presse-OcéanBrunoHervieuFrance
Prima TVDanDumitruRomania
Public SenatJean-PierreElkabbachFrance
PublicoTeresaDe SousaPortugal
Radio 100.7FernandWeiderLuxembourg
Radio FranceJean-PaulCluzelFrance
Radio et Télévision Publique d’Andorre..Andorre
Radio VaticanPascalBorgomeoVatican
Respekt..Czeck Republic
RFIBernardBrigouleixFrance
Rheinische PostGodehardUhlemannGermany
RMCFrançoisPesentiFrance
RMC Moyen-OrientAgnèslevalloisFrance
Romania LiberiaBogdanFiceacRomania
Romania ReportMihai D.PopescuRomania
Rotterdams dagbladLeoPronkNetherlands
RTBF TVBenoitMoulinBelgium
RTLJacques EsnousFrance
RTL GroupAndrewBuckhratLuxembourg
RTVE..Spain
RTV Stovenija..Slovenia
SMEMartinSimeckaSlovakia
SSR-SRG Idée SwitzerlandArminWalpenSwitzerland
Sud OuestPierreJeantetFrance
Sud presseDidierHamannBelgium
Super ExpressMariuszZiomeckiPoland
Swedish Educational broadcasting Company..Sweden
Swedish television..Sweden
TageblattGuyKampLuxembourg
TéléramaMarcJézégabelFrance
Télévision Suisse RomandeGillesMarchandSwitzerland
Telewizja PolskaJanDworakPoland
TF1RobertNamiasFrance
The Irish TimesGeorgeMurtaghIrlande
The TimesGeorgeBrockGreat Britain
Tiroler ZeitungClausReitanAustria
To VimaEustathiadisStathisGreece
TrouwFritzVan ExterNetherlands
Turun SanomatAriValjakkaFinlande
TV2 DenmarkPeterParboDenmark
TV5PhilippeDessaintFrance
Valeurs ActuellesFrançoisd’OrcivalFrance
Vers l’AvenirPascalBelpaireBelgium
Vif/L’expressJacquesLeversBelgium
Vlamse Radio..Belgium
VSDPhilippeLabiFrance
ZDFMarkusSchäfterGermany
....
Reporters sans frontièresRobertMénardFrance
Union Européenne de Radio-TélévisionJeanReveillonFrance
The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors ForumBertrandPecquerieFrance



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