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Clare Morgana Gillis & 4 Other Journalists Held in Libya

Clare Morgana Gillis & 4 Other Journalists Held in Libya

The Washington Post reports that five Western journalists are being detained in Libya. While three have been spotted in a Tripoli detention camp, two remain unaccounted for. Clare Morgana Gillis, a correspondent who writes for the Atlantic and USA Today, was last heard from on April 4th when she was in eastern Libya covering the fighting between supporters of Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi and rebel forces.

Gillis was one of the three reporters recently spotted in a government detention camp. However, South African news photographer Anton Lazarus Hammerl and American freelance journalist Matthew VanDyke have both been missing since mid-March, their whereabouts unknown.

In March, four New York Times journalists were detained by pro-Gaddafi forces for six days. They were beaten by soldiers and freed from custody at the intervention of Turkish diplomats. During the uprising in Egypt in January and February, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was seized and assaulted by a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square; she was saved by a group of Egyptian women.

As the Washington Post says:

The apparent detention of the journalists highlights the continuing hazards of covering the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and northern Africa. The Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that tracks government harassment of the news media, said there have been more than 500 attacks on reporters since unrest began to spread in late December. Nine journalists have been killed in the region since then, the organization said, including Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri, a blogger in Bahrain who died while in government custody this week.

The White House had called for the release of the reporters, one of whom also writes for the Global Post. The Libyan government has denied that it is holding the journalists.

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7:25AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

It's time to wake up !

6:51AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Signed.

5:19PM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Petition signed

1:14PM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Send them home and Kill that freak Gadalfi!!

10:14AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

@Phil P.: AGREED!! *ANGRY*

2:55AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

What I am surprised about is that people ARE surprised about the detention of journalists.....what do people need to understand that you have there a dictator ...a family of dictators....wake up!

4:27PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

I sure hope those reporters return sound and safe. May God b with them. I pray for their parents, who must be hysterical.

10:12AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

Oh I hope they are safe..

9:03AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

I agree with Phil P - I know how frustrating and complicated it all must be for the politicians. However I believe at this point I going for the “In for a penny, in for a pound” advice. After what we and the world community have all ready done and made clear to our Libyan “FRIEND” I gotta say it is time as Phil put it “stop pussy footing around” Why on earth should we keep playing with this evil individual. We should “flatten” his palace, his tents and anywhere else we think he may he may make his home. And by the way, I would include going after his sons also – they sure as hell are not humanitarians either.

9:00AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

Journalists are a target because they are the official gatherers of the news. Silencing them is what those who are the oppressor need to do to hide the wrongs. The journalists are now no longer needed. Social media has freed information from the official news media filters.

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