Reporters Without Borders supports the family of missing British journalist Michael Dixon who has launched an awareness campaign to mark his first birthday since going missing abroad. Michael, who will turn 34 on 19 July 2010, vanished without trace after leaving his hotel while on holiday in Costa Rica last October.
To mark his birthday the family has launched T-shirts featuring the logo "Help Find Michael Dixon" and some facts about his disappearance. This T-shirt can be purchased for £12.00 on the http://www.helpfindmichaeldixon.com/content/online-store webpage.
People buying the T-shirt are being asked to support the search by wearing the T-Shirt on Michael's birthday and sending a picture of themselves to firstname.lastname@example.org. The campaign is being supported by several celebrities including Grace Jones and Kiss FM DJ Shortee Blitz.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of Michael's disappearance and to help the family fund what is now a 10-month-long effort to find out what happened to him. The funds raised will be used to help fund Personal Investigators and professional search teams.
David Dixon, Michael's brother said: "We will never give up looking for Michael, but we can't do this alone. Please support us by wearing this T-shirt. By wearing the T-shirt we hope to raise awareness of Michael's case and remind the world about the many people who go missing abroad without a trace. There are many families like ours who go through the pain of not knowing what happened to their brother, sister, son or daughter."
Michael Dixon, a British journalist based in Brussels, disappeared while on vacation in Costa Rica. He was last seen on 18 October 2009 leaving his hotel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. To date there are no leads as to what may have happened to Michael, but it is thought he is the victim of a crime.