Vigil marks Johnston's 100th day in captivity


LONDON -- The BBC will hold a global vigil for kidnapped BBC Gaza reporter Alan Johnston on Wednesday, marking the 100th day since he was kidnapped while driving home from work in Gaza City, the pubcaster said Tuesday.

Colleagues across the world -- including BBC executives in London and in its news bureaus in Washington, New York, Brussels, Jerusalem and Kabul -- will pause for silence at 2:15 p.m. BST to show their support.

BBC News director Helen Boaden said the BBC is still hoping for Johnston's safe return. "On the hundredth day, we are more steadfast in our support for Alan than ever, and our thoughts are always with his family," she said.

Johnston has not been seen since he was seized at gunpoint on March 12.

About 170,000 people have signed a petition on the BBC Web site calling for his release.