BARCELONA – Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, who writes for Barcelona’s El Periodico, was taken captive by Syrian rebels on Sept. 4, the newspaper said Monday.
Marginedas, 46, was traveling in an automobile with a driver when he was intercepted by jihadists on the outskirts of the western Syrian city of Hama and since then there has been no contact with him.
The veteran war correspondent had entered Syria on Sept. 1 through Reyhanli, Turkey, accompanied by opposition members of the Free Syrian Army.
Marginedas sent his last dispatch on Sept. 2 from the town of Qasr Ibn Wardan, near Hama, in which he told about the disappointment in the rebel ranks at seeing that the chances of a U.S. military attack on the Bashar al Assad regime were dwindling.
“None of the groups of the Syrian insurgency has admitted having the special correspondent of this daily in its hands,” El Periodico said.
However, the paper added that in a jihadist Internet forum there had appeared a call “to capture all reporters, identify the equipment they are using and search them to find the chips on which they have photos and news reports about jihadists.”
Marginedas began his professional career 25 years ago as a correspondent in Algeria.
During the course of his journalistic work he has been stationed in assorted places around the world, including Moscow, and currently he is operating as a special correspondent in conflictive areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
He is the author of the book “Periodismo en el campo de batalla” (Journalism on the battlefield), which was published last year. EFE