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22 August 2017 13:10 (South Africa)

Somali kidnappers free journalists for $1 million ransom

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

Somali kidnappers have freed two freelance journalists abducted in the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2008, after a $1 million ransom was paid. Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan were abducted by armed men as they reported from a refugee camp. Brennan said he was pistol-whipped and kept in chains for 10 months, and that his kidnappers threatened to sell him to the radical Islamist al-Shabaab group, which regularly launches deadly attacks on African Union peacekeepers. Lindhout said she was beaten and tortured. Read more: Bloomberg, BBC

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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