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article imageSpanish journalist hostage in Syria since early September 2013

By Anne Sewell     Sep 24, 2013 in World
Hama - According to an announcement late on Monday, Marc Marginedas, a special correspondent in Syria for Spanish newspaper El Periodico, has been kidnapped and has been held hostage since September 4 this year.
El Periodico (Spanish language) announced the abduction late on Monday, in its online edition, with the headline: "Journalist Marc Marginedas abducted in Syria."
The article added that the "veteran war correspondent" Marginedas has been "in the hands of a rebel group since September 4th, the last day he was in contact with editors in Barcelona".
According to the newspaper, his last story was filed on September 2nd and published on September 3rd, outlining the disappointment of rebel forces in the face of an impending US attack. The story (in Spanish) was headlined "Obama speaks, but does nothing."
El Periodico quoted "various sources" as telling them that the reporter "was traveling by car with the driver who was accompanying him when he was stopped by jihadist fighters on the outskirts of the city of Hama, in the west of Syria."
El Periodico has had no success contacting Marginedas since his abduction. Apparently this is his third trip to Syria since the civil conflict began in March 2011.
According to CNN, so far no Syrian opposition group has claimed responsibility for holding the journalist.
Marginedas arrived in Syria on September 1 from southern Turkey "accompanied by members of the opposition Free Syrian Army," which group is fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
El Economista is reporting (in Spanish) that Marginedas, 46 has spent almost two decades covering "the hottest areas of the globe, with special attention to the Arab world."
His work in the area began in 1995 as a correspondent in Algeria, a country that he had to leave three years later when the government refused to renew the journalist's accreditation.
From there he went to the office in Moscow, Russia until 2002, where, among other works, he covered the war in Chechnya.
Earlier in September, Italian reporter, Domenico Quirico, who had been kidnapped in Syria, was freed after facing "daily humiliation" during five months in captivity in the war-torn country. He said that he was "treated like an animal" by his captors, a rebel group called al-Faruk. Quirico believed he had most probably been betrayed by members of the Free Syrian Army.
It is hoped to have better news on the circumstances of Marginedas soon.
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