Yesterday we learned that Clare Morgana Gillis, a freelance reporter writing for The Atlantic and USA Today, was finally released by the Libyan government after being detained since April 5, 2011. Also released were American GlobalPost reporter James Foley, Spanish photographer Manuel Brabo, and British freelance reporter Nigel Chandler.
Max Fisher at The Atlantic writes that the four journalists remain in Tripoli, but it is expected that they will be allowed to leave the country tomorrow. Gillis’s mother, Jane Gillis, said, “We’re ecstatic for her release and we are looking forward to seeing her.”
The four jounrlaists have been detained for what must have been an agonizingly long six weeks. According to Fisher:
They were held for about two weeks in a coed military detention center in Tripoli. Gillis was later moved to a women’s civilian prison in the capital. The three were later moved to another facility, where a foreign intermediary was last week allowed to visit and reported the journalists were comfortable and being well fed.
Unfortunately, the whereabouts of another journalist, freelance photographer Anton Lazarus Hammerl, remains unknown since he too was detained on April 5th. A spokesman for the Austrian Foreign Ministry earlier said that they believe that Hammerl is alive and in Libyan custody.