Journalists Detained in Libya to be Released


By Chris O'Shea Comment

The last we heard from Clare Gillisa journalist for The Atlantic – she was calling her parents from Libya to tell them that she was in good health. That was at the end of April, and while her parents were hopeful that the phone call would lead to her release, it hasn’t happened. Until now, that is.

According to The Associated Press, Gillis, along with James Foley, Manu Brabo, and an unnamed journalist, will be released from Libya today or tomorrow:

Ibrahim [a Libyan government Spokesperson] said the four journalists were returned to detention following the hearing on charges that they ‘entered the country illegally,’ suggesting they had not applied for and received visas before arriving to work in Libya.

He also said that arrangements were being made for their repatriation. He did not know if they would be required to pay fines before leaving.

Let’s hope that’s not the case, because they’ve surely been through enough already.