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|Mideast TV Reporter Missing in Philippines|
|Topic Started: Jun 15 2012, 03:30 PM (346 Views)|
|seWer Rat||Jun 15 2012, 03:30 PM Post #1|
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Mideast TV Reporter Missing in Philippines
(MANILA, Philippines) — A veteran Middle Eastern TV reporter who had interviewed Osama bin Laden months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has disappeared with four other people on a restive southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, officials said Friday.
Baker Atyani, Al-Arabiya’s TV bureau chief for Southeast Asia, has not contacted authorities since Tuesday, when he was last seen on Jolo Island while on a reporting trip, said Sulu provincial police chief Antonio Freyra.
Also missing are two Manila-based TV crewmen, a local female guide and the driver of the journalists’ van, Freyra said.
Authorities were trying to verify unconfirmed reports that Atyani may have traveled to Jolo’s mountainous jungles to seek an interview with Abu Sayyaf militants and some of their foreign hostages as part of a TV documentary on the southern Philippines, a military intelligence official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.
Atyani and his crew arrived Monday in Jolo, a hotbed of militants notorious for bomb attacks, kidnappings and beheadings about 950 kilometers (590 miles) south of Manila.
Freyra said the three men left their Jolo hostel early Tuesday and were picked up by a minivan. They failed to show up for Philippine Independence Day rites later that day despite telling officials they would cover the event.
“We don’t know if he has been kidnapped. We don’t know their objective here,” Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin told the AP by phone. “He’s been declared missing for now.”
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|Mckoyzzz||Jun 20 2012, 02:06 PM Post #2|
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DILG chief wants 'missing' Jordanian journalist banned from PHL
June 20, 2012 12:26pm
(Updated 1:28 p.m.) Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo on Wednesday said he will recommend the banning of Jordanian national and Al Arabiya news network Southeast Asia bureau chief Baker Atyani from the Philippines for "deceiving" local authorities and voluntarily seeking out the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu.
In a report aired over GMA News TV's Balitanghali, reporter Lei Alviz quoted Robredo as saying that he will ask the Department of Justice and Bureau of Immigration to ban Atyani because there was an "element of deception" when he didn't tell local authorities that he and his team were planning to meet the bandit group.
In the same TV report, Robredo called on Atyani and his crew to resurface. Atyani and his two Filipino crew members — camera operator Ramelito Vela, 39, and audio operator Rolando Letrero, 22, — have been missing since June 12 when they supposedly met the Abu Sayyaf for an interview.
But Robredo said authorities are not looking for Atyani's team, saying they are safe and sound.
He added that the Jordanian journalist was "in communication" with Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan and that even the two Filipino crew were not asking for any help from the government.
Robredo said the three are in Patikul, Sulu working on a documentary on the Abu Sayyaf.
On Tuesday, Sulu police provincial director Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra said they suspect that Atyani could be working as a "conduit" for the al Qaeda terror network.
Freyra said Atyani has been in the country around three or four times before.
Also on Tuesday, the International Federation of Journalists, which represents over 600,000 journalists in 131 countries, voiced concern for the safety of Atyani and his two Filipino crew. — Kimberly Jane Tan/RSJ, GMA News
"Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger..." James 1:19
|horizon||Jun 25 2012, 07:29 PM Post #3|
Cops dispatched to locate Jordanian journalist, 2 Filipinos
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