Today the BBC will conduct a vigil to denote the 100th day of captivity for reporter Alan Johnston. Numerous efforts to secure his release from a shadowy splinter group calling itself The Army of Islam have proved futile.
Johnston's colleagues at the Glastonbury festival, on drama sets and in newsrooms in the UK and around the world will pause at 1315 GMT and Johnston's parents are due to release 100 balloons. Johnston's abduction has triggered appeals for his release from lawmakers, the United Nations and many human rights groups. Palestinian journalists based in Gaza have conducted a series of strikes calling for his release. Johnston has been the only Western reporter permanently based in Gaza.