New York, June 29, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes
reports from the French government that journalists Hervé Ghesquière and
Stéphane Taponier and their interpreter Reza Din have been released after
more than 18 months in captivity
. CPJ is seeking further news about the
group's fixer and driver, known as Ghulam and Sattar, who were also abducted.