Alan Johnston freed…

Good news. At 2am this morning the BBC reporter Alan Johnston was released after 114 days in captivity. The BBC collected over 200,000 signatures of support in its campaign to have him freed. Interview here. We will now, thankfully, take down our button to the signature. Though it is as well to remember that there are many places in the world where even basic press freedoms cannot to be taken for granted.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty