Int’l media group concern on missing Jordanian journalist PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:51

An international media group has expressed concern over the safety of a Jordanian journalist reportedly being held by Abu Sayyaf militants in its stronghold in Jolo, Sulu.

Baker Atyani of Dubai-based Al Arabiya news channel, and his two Filipino crew, went missing since June 12 and the Philippine government confirmed they are in the hands of the bandit group, notorious for abducting foreign nationals.

“The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in expressing concern for the safety of a foreign television reporter and his two Filipino crew members who have been missing in the town of Jolo,” IFJ said in a statement on its website.

The receptionist at the Sulu State College Hotel, where the three were staying, said Atyani and his Filipino colleagues arrived at the hotel the night of June 11.

At 5.45 a.m. on June 12, the three men were picked up from the hotel by a man driving a multicab vehicle. They have not returned to the hotel since, prompting the owner to contact the police.

Atyani had been to Sulu several times in 2000 at a time when the Abu Sayyaf Group abducted mostly foreign tourists from Sipadan, Malaysia.

NUJP said Atyani had returned to Jolo to film a television documentary in the area.

Local officials in Jolo offered security to Atyani and his crew but they declined, police said.