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Journalists released by Taliban back on French soil

Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier arrived back in France today after 547 days in captivity in Afghanistan. Read more about their release.

Reporters Without Borders, a charity that works to improve the safety of journalists, said in a statement:

Afghanistan continues to be one of the world's most dangerous countries for media personnel and Afghan journalists pay a high price for working with foreign media. At least 15 journalists have been kidnapped by criminal or insurgent groups in Afghanistan since the start of 2009.