Kidnapped Swedish Journalists Regain Freedom

Two Swedish journalists who were abducted in Syria in November have been released, Swedish and Red Cross officials said Wednesday.

Sweden’s foreign ministry confirmed the release of writer Magnus Falkehed and photographer Niclas Hammarstrom, and said both were receiving assistance from Swedish diplomats in Beirut.

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The two freelance journalists were abducted as they were on their way out of Syria in November.

Swedish authorities did not say who their abductors were or how they were set free, but national police spokeswoman Jessica Krasser Fremnell said Swedish police had worked closely with other authorities to secure their release.

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Press advocacy groups say Syria has become the most dangerous country in the world for reporters over the past two years, with kidnappings becoming a major threat.

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