CPH Post

International

Photographer released after spending over a year in captivity in Syria

Sources claim the dreaded Islamic rebel group ISIL was responsible


Ottosen was taken hostage on May 17 last year, just two days after he arrived to photograph Syrian refugees in Turkey and Syria (Photo: Scanpix)

June 20, 2014
10:40

by Christian Wenande


A Danish freelance photographer who had been held captive in Syria for the past 13 months was yesterday released, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Daniel Rye Ottosen, 25, from Give was taken hostage on May 17 last year, just two days after he arrived to photograph Syrian refugees in Turkey and Syria.

“Under the circumstances, Daniel Rye Ottosen is doing well and is being reunited with his family,” the Foreign Ministry wrote in a press release.

“The Danish press has been aware of Daniel’s case for a while, but they have not covered the story out of consideration for Daniel’s safety.”

READ MORE: Journalist held hostage in Lebanon released

ISIL responsible
It is unclear who held Ottosen hostage, but sources close to the ordeal have told Ritzau news service that the dreaded Islamic rebel group ISIL was responsible.

No official information has been made public about how Ottosen was released, but according to Ritzau the young photographer was set free after a ransom was paid.



Related stories



Latest Comments

As a freelance reporter, always amazed how the press gobbles up these kind of...

(Scott Larsen on October 24, 2014 05:57)

It's infuriating to have one bike's stolen. I know. But you know miffs me?...

(Lorenzo Luis Albano Farias on October 24, 2014 00:03)

Ban all religions also... People should put their faiths in themselves and...

(Alex DeGre?t on October 23, 2014 22:41)

Either way... Letting Turkey or any muzlim country to join the EU is sheer...

(Alex DeGre?t on October 23, 2014 22:33)

?We know that Denmark is a cultural capital of the world ? there are so many...

(Kl Queteimporta on October 23, 2014 21:40)

Jensen is a mug . what a tool

(Hamish Carey on October 23, 2014 17:34)

Misplaced priorities . GCs are brought in to add value to the economy , They...

(Rajiv Banerjee on October 23, 2014 11:12)

Hoi Helena, bedankt, en ja - hopelijk tot ziens!

(Karina Lins on October 23, 2014 10:24)

Encoding is broken.

(Jon Ask Jacobsen on October 23, 2014 10:14)

Forced genital cutting is unethical. The law must protect the defenseless so...

(Ron Low on October 22, 2014 23:50)