The observant amongst you may have noticed an icon, low down on the right hand side of my blog, an icon that is there to show support for the hostage BBC journalist Alan Johnston.
Alan Johnston was kidnapped, it seems now by the Army of Islam, on the 12th March 2007 and since that time there has been a great deal of concern and sadness as the events have unfolded.
The great shame, apart from the travesty of the enforced imprisonment of a journalist, is that Alan was a real voice for the people of Palestine; one of the only Western journalists remaining and willing to highlight the plight of the Palestinian people.
As time went on, fears grew for his safety and journalists far and wide came together, along with the people of Palestine and it’s leaders, to lobby for his release.
Thankfully today, a short video of Alan has been released; soon I hope it will be Alan Johnson himself that will be returned safely to his family and to carry on doing his job.