WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Chris Johns: I am overjoyed that Paul Salopek and his Chadian assistants will be freed, and I thank Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for it. This is also victory for freedom of the press. Paul is a sensitive and careful reporter and I look forward to more of his insightful writing in National Geographic magazine. I am grateful to Gov. Bill Richardson and Ambassador Khidir Ahmed. Both have worked tirelessly with National Geographic and the Chicago Tribune to secure Paul's release. In a telephone conversation this evening Paul told me he's concerned about the safe return home of his Chadian interpreter and driver -- Suleiman Abakar Moussa and Idriss Abdulraham Anu -- who are scheduled to be released with him in El Fasher Saturday. I assured him that I and the National Geographic Society will take responsibility for getting them home safely. Chris Johns is in Khartoum, Sudan, with Governor Richardson's delegation.
SOURCE National Geographic Society