Snatched Spanish reporters believed alive: Employer
MADRID (AFP) - Colleagues and relatives of two Spanish reporters kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked radicals in Syria said on Tuesday they believed the pair were alive and well and urged their captors to free them.
El Mundo newspaper correspondent Javier Espinosa, 49, and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, 42, were seized on Sept 16, the latest of scores of journalists captured while covering Syria's civil war.
"We believe they are alive and we believe they are well," El Mundo's director Pedro J. Ramirez told a news conference in Madrid.
A spokesman for the two men's families, Gervasio Sanchez, added: "We are convinced that they are alive. They were alive and well a month ago," the last time their relatives had news of them from witnesses.