Palestinian journalists organized a sit-in protest on Monday midday in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, demanding the release of the kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston

Alan Johnston was abducted in the Gaza Strip 20 days ago while traveling to his house. Johnston has been living in and reporting form the Gaza strip for three years, his friends and coworkers told IMEMC.

Palestinian Journalist Union head Naeem Toubasi stated that Johnston's health is deteriorating and that there are expectations that the kidnappers want a ransom in order to release him.

Toubasi declared that the union will escalate protests if Johnston is not released, the Palestinian online daily Maan News reported. Media institutions declared a strike in Ramallah and announced that they will boycott the Palestinian presidency and the government for three days, beginning on Monday.

The kidnappers of Johnston have not released any demands for freeing Johnston, Palestinian officials have promised to solve the issue.