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Spanish journalists demand release of kidnapped colleagues

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Madrid, Mar 4 (EFE).- Friends and colleagues of two Spanish reporters being held captive in Syria have created a support committee to continue demanding their release and keep their story in the spotlight.

Javier Espinosa, who works for Madrid daily El Mundo, and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a freelance photographer, were abducted in September.

The initiative on their behalf was announced two days after the release of Spanish reporter Marc Marginedas after six months as a prisoner of jihadists in Syria.

The committee has scheduled assorted events in support of the hostages, including a demonstration on March 18 in Madrid and Barcelona.

In addition, it will publish a book with photographs by Garcia Vilanova about the crisis in Libya to collect money and pay the reporter's "fixed expenses," which "no journalistic entity has taken over" since he works freelance.

"Above all, we have to maintain journalistic calm and ... stop prying around in the process that led to the release" of El Periodico de Catalunya correspondent Marginedas, Gervasio Sanchez, the spokesman for the families of the victims, said at the presentation of the committee.

Elsa Gonzalez, the president of the FAPE group representing Spanish journalists, said that reporters like Marginedas, Espinosa and Garcia Vilanova "elevate, give prestige to and humanize" the profession.

Meanwhile, the president of the Spanish chapter of Reporters Without Borders, Malen Aznarez, emphasized that Syria is the worst place in the world for journalists.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140304/spanish-journalists-demand-release-kidnapped-colleagues