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Sister of John Cantlie calls for Islamic State captors to restart 'direct contact'

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The sister of a British journalist being held by Islamic State militants has appealed to his captors to reopen dialogue aimed at freeing him.

In a statement Jessica, the sister of John Cantlie challenges the version of events Islamic State present through her brother in a series of propaganda videos.

Her appeal comes after her terminally ill father asked Islamic State militants to return his son to safety earlier this month.

I am Jessica, John Cantlie’s sister. I am talking on behalf of the head of the Cantlie family. My father, Paul, is terminally ill and incapacitated. We, John’s family, want to address Islamic State, who are holding him.

In the recent ‘broadcast’ of ‘Lend me your Ears’ and within your online publication ‘Dabiq’, John's words are powerful and have huge resonance.

It is not true to say that there has been no attempt to engage with I.S. It is simply not accurate. This is frustrating for all parties, including those who are trying to assist us.

We had previously been in contact through a channel started by you, but then this stopped for reasons best known to you.

Sadly, like the families of David Haines and Alan Henning before they were killed, our efforts at re-opening dialogue continue to be ignored by those holding John.

We strongly challenge those holding John to return to your previously opened channel, to which we continue to send messages and await your response so that in keeping with everyone's wishes, we can restart dialogue.

We implore IS to re-initiate direct contact.

– Jessica Cantlie

John Cantlie has been held captive by militants since 2012 and has appeared in another propaganda video - the third in a series called Lend Me Your Ears.

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