More Kidnapped Journalists

Kidnapped Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan is seen in this undated handout photo obtained August 24, 2008. REUTERS/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Handout

Another despicable act….

Al Jazeera television on Tuesday aired a video showing a Canadian and an Australian journalist kidnapped in Somalia last month, and said the pair were appealing to their governments to work for their release.

Canadian Amanda Lindhout, 27, Australian Nigel Brennan and Somali reporter Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, working as their translator, were seized on August 23 by gunmen near Mogadishu.

The video showed Lindhout, wearing a long robe, and her colleague along with armed men. She was speaking to camera but the audio track was not aired.

The television said the kidnappers, calling themselves Mujahideen of Somalia, had accused Canada and Australia of “taking part in the destruction of Somalia” and demanded that they review their policies.

An official of the group Reporters Without Borders said last week that the kidnappers were seeking $2.5 million for the return of the captives.

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