Libyan Gov't Releases 4 Foreign Journalists

Update: The Libyan government has released 4 foreign journalists in Tripoli.

A Libyan spokesman says four journalists held for illegally entering the country have each been given a one-year jail sentence, which has been commuted, and should be released soon.

Spokesman Moussa Ibrahim says that the four are in good health, but reporters staying in Tripoli have not been allowed to see them.

The names Ibrahim released on Wednesday are different from those he gave to reporters a day earlier.

On Wednesday he said that the journalists who have gone through a hearing and sentencing are Spanish photographer Manu Brabo; American news agency reporter James Wright Foley; Tunisian Lutfi Ben-Qasim, and Nigel Chandler, identified as British.

On Tuesday, American Clare Morgana Gillis, a freelance journalist taken into custody with Foley, also was on the list.

Ibrahim said Wednesday he wasn't sure of Gillis' status.

This program aired on May 18, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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