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BBC REPORTER ALAN JOHNSTON GIVES A PRESS CONFERENCE IN JERUSALEM
BBC reporter Alan Johnston gives a press conference at the British Consulate in Jerusalem, July 4, 2007. Johnston was released early today after four months of captivity in Gaza. (UPI Photo/ Debbie Hill)
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Alan Graham Johnston (born 17 May 1962) is a British journalist working for the BBC. He has been the BBC's correspondent in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip. Johnston was kidnapped by a group of Palestinian militants on 12 March 2007, and released nearly four months later on 4 July, after Hamas' seizure of control in Gaza.

Johnston was born in Lindi, Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania), to Scottish parents, and was educated at the independent Dollar Academy in Dollar, Scotland. He went on to study at the University of Dundee, where he graduated with an MA in English and politics. Johnston also completed a diploma in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University.

Johnston joined the BBC in 1991, and has spent eight years as a correspondent for them, including in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as well as Kabul, Afghanistan. He was in Kabul when Afghanistan was still under the control of the Taliban. He was due to be the BBC's full-time correspondent in Gaza until 1 April 2007, and at the time of his kidnapping was the only foreign reporter with a major Western media organisation to still be based in the city.

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