John Mecklin, former editor in chief for SF Weekly, wrote on his blog about the kidnapping, saying he is "disturbed" by the news of his former colleague and friend who he has known for more than 15 years.
According to Mecklin:
"Mike is a genuinely decent man, and I'm truly horrified by the thought he's been taken. I'm hoping for a miracle that gets him released quickly and thinking, madly, about ways to help. I haven't come up with much so far, except to ask the journalists who read my blog to contact their State Department connections. I suspect that State is already doing all it can, but it can't hurt for journalists to make it clear they care about the safety of journalists. I really don't know what else to do right now. Suggestions are welcome."
We are hoping he is released safely.