A state-run Iraqi television station is airing announcements asking for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll, who was abducted last month.
The spots, which include interviews with Carroll's mother and the Iraqi politician she was scheduled to meet the day she was kidnapped, began running Tuesday night, said David Cook, Washington bureau chief of the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor. Carroll was reporting for the newspaper from Iraq.
The ads, which run 60 seconds and 90 seconds, were produced by Monitor staff in Iraq. They were paid for with donations and are being aired free of charge on state-run Iraqiya TV.
Carroll, 28, was abducted in Baghdad on Jan. 7. Her kidnappers have threatened to kill her if their demands to release all Iraqi women from prison are not met by Feb. 26.
Carroll grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., and graduated from the University of Massachusetts. She worked as a reporting assistant for The Wall Street Journal before moving to Jordan and launching her freelance career in 2002, learning Arabic along the way. Most recently, she was working for The Christian Science Monitor.