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Alhurra's Cüneyt Ünal is Released

Syria -- A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad defaced to look like a devil is placed on rubble along a street during clashes with government forces in a Saif al-Dawla district of the northern city of Aleppo, 09oct2012Syria -- A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad defaced to look like a devil is placed on rubble along a street during clashes with government forces in a Saif al-Dawla district of the northern city of Aleppo, 09oct2012
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Syria -- A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad defaced to look like a devil is placed on rubble along a street during clashes with government forces in a Saif al-Dawla district of the northern city of Aleppo, 09oct2012
Syria -- A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad defaced to look like a devil is placed on rubble along a street during clashes with government forces in a Saif al-Dawla district of the northern city of Aleppo, 09oct2012
In a statement issued on November 17, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) welcomed the release of Alhurra cameraman Cüneyt Ünal by the Syrian government.

Ünal and Alhurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi were captured while reporting from Aleppo, Syria on August 20.

Ünal was greeted by a delegation of Turkish parliamentarians and media organization representatives who had traveled to Damascus to secure the two journalists' release.

Fahmi's whereabouts remain unknown.

"We are relieved that Cüneyt will be reunited safely with his family," said Michael Meehan, a member of the BBG Board and Chairman of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. "The lack of information on Bashar Fahmi is profoundly troubling."
 
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