Hundreds of people have turned out in Rome to demand the release of reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo – who has been kidnapped in Afghanistan.
The 52-year-old correspondent for La Repubblica was seized in the southern Helmand province on Monday.
His kidnappers have accused him of spying for British forces there, a claim his newspaper and his family deny.
His brother Alessandro said that Daniele’s job has taken him around the world in the search of truth, and he doesn’t believe there’s any substance in the spying claims.
Princess Fatima Zaher of the Afghan embassy in Rome said, “We are here to show our solidarity for this unfortunate happening, hoping that very soon we will have a happy ending.”
The experienced war reporter has been in the country since February 28th.
Government officials say they have had no proof yet he is still alive, but they have no reason to doubt that he is being held by the Taliban.