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Family of American Journalist Held Hostage in Iraq Appeal for Release


The family of American journalist Jill Carroll has issued another public appeal for her release, days before a deadline set by her kidnappers in Iraq.

Jill Carroll's family made the appeal Tuesday in a statement released by the press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders.

The journalist's father, Jim Carroll, said his daughter and thousands of other reporters try to bring truth to the world every day, and he said that is especially important in Iraq right now.

The family also appealed for the release of two Iraqi journalists held hostage, Reem Zeid and Marwan Khazaal.

Jill Carroll was reporting for the Christian Science Monitor when she was kidnapped January seventh. The militants holding her hostage have demanded that all women in prison in Iraq be freed. They have threatened to kill her unless their demands are met by February 26.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.