Family of Australian journalist kidnapped with Lindhout speaks out

The mother of an Australian photographer kidnapped in Somalia with a Canadian reporter is pressuring her government to speed up her son’s release.

The mother of an Australian photographer kidnapped in Somalia with a Canadian reporter is pressuring her government to speed up her son’s release.

Nigel Brennan and Amanda Lindhout, a freelance journalist from Alberta, were kidnapped outside the Somali capital of Mogadishu last August.

The kidnappers have demanded a ransom.

Australian media is reporting that Brennan’s mother, Heather, confronted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this week over how long it is taking to negotiate her son’s release.

Rudd said all “reasonable and feasible” steps are being taken to free Brennan and added the negotiations are very sensitive.

No one from Lindhout’s family in Canada could immediately be reached for comment, and they have declined to speak publicly since Lindhout was captured.