Italian journalist held captive in Syria is headed home

Story highlights

  • Domenico Quirico is a veteran war correspondent with La Stampa
  • In June, the newspaper reported he was alive
  • Syria is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists, a rights group says

Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, who was kidnapped in Syria, has been released and is on his way home, his newspaper reported Sunday.

Quirico is La Stampa's veteran war correspondent. He entered Syria from Lebanon in early April.

In June, the newspaper reported that Quirico was alive. He made a short phone call to his wife, La Stampa said then.

An Amnesty International report published this year named Syria as the most dangerous place in the world for journalists.

The report highlighted serious abuses committed by government and opposition forces against professional and citizen journalists, both Syrian and international.

At least 32 journalists have been killed and two dozen abducted in Syria in the past 12 months, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Among those still missing are Bashar Fahmi, a Jordanian correspondent with the al-Hurra television channel, and American freelance journalists James Foley and Austin Tice.

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