Libya promises to release four journalists: website
The Libyan government has confirmed that it is holding four journalist and promised to free them soon, the online news site GlobalPost, which employs one of the detained journalists, said Friday.
"The four journalists are expected to be taken to Tripoli and then released, according to several sources in Libya," the website said.
Musa Ibrahim, the official spokesman for the government of Moamer Kadhafi, told the news outlet that the four journalists were detained by the Libyan military and will be treated correctly, transferred to Tripoli and freed.
The journalists, including two from the United States, one from Spain and a fourth from South Africa, went missing April 4 in eastern Libya.
They were Clare Morgana Gillis, of the TheAtlantic.com; James Foley, a freelance reporter with GlobalPost.com; Spanish photographer Manu Brabo; and Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer.
"We are not able to independently confirm these reports, but we are encouraged that a positive end to this situation may be closer at hand," said GlobalPost president and chief executive Philip Balboni.
© 2011 AFP