Statement from Tribune Editor and Senior Vice President Ann Marie Lipinski Regarding Paul Salopek

Aug 26, 2006, 01:00 ET from Chicago Tribune

    CHICAGO, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- "Our colleague and dear friend, Paul
 Salopek, is one of the most accomplished and admired journalists of our
 time. He is not a spy. Our fervent hope is that the authorities in Sudan
 will recognize his innocence and quickly allow Paul to return home to his
 wife, Linda, and to his colleagues.
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     "Paul has been a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for more than a
 decade. He has an impeccable reputation for integrity and for serious work
 dedicated to the dignity and worth of people everywhere.
     "He began a scheduled leave of absence from the newspaper earlier this
 month and was traveling in Chad reporting a freelance assignment for
 National Geographic magazine before he was detained. Since we learned of
 Paul's detention in Sudan, we have been working diligently to seek his
     "Paul's work in Chicago and around the world has been extraordinary. He
 has won two Pulitzer Prizes for the Tribune, the first in 1998 for his
 brilliant reporting on the Human Genome Diversity Project. His second
 Pulitzer was awarded in 2001 in recognition of his compassionate eyewitness
 reporting on the lives of the people of Africa.
     "We are deeply worried about Paul and his well being, and appeal to the
 government of Sudan to return him safely home."

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