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Journalists Detained in Libya to be Released

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.

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Detained Journalist Clare Gillis ‘In Good Health’

Over two weeks ago, Libyan government forces arrested and detained Clare Gillis, a reporter for The Atlantic, along with James Foley of the GlobalPost and Spanish photographer Manuel Bravo of the European Pressphoto Agency. The Atlantic is now reporting that for the first time since the journalists disappeared from contact, Gillis telephoned her parents and reported that she was in good health.

Her parents, Jane and Robert Gillis, said they were happy to learn she was safe but are concerned that she has not been released. ‘We were so relieved to hear from our daughter after having heard nothing for 16 days,’ Robert said. ‘We still urgently appeal to the Libyan government to let her come home.’

According to The Atlantic, there are no updates from the other journalists, as Gillis was separeted from them earlier this week.