Report: Libya to release 3 captured journalists

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 9:13 PM
Report: Libya to release 3 captured journalists

Agence France Presse says the Libyan government is about to release three journalists captured last week.

A statement from AFP said the three would be freed in the coming hours, quoting a Libyan government spokesman, but there was no sign of that in Libya.

The journalists are reporter Dave Clark, 38, and photographer Roberto Schmidt, 45, both of whom work for AFP; and Joe Raedle, 45, a photographer for Getty Images.

Citing a driver who was traveling with them, AFP said the journalists ran into a military convoy about 7 miles (12 kilometers) outside the eastern city of Ajdabiya on Saturday, and the three were detained.

Four New York Times journalists held for six days and released Thursday said they were abused while in Libyan captivity.