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American Journalists Leave Libya

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(Photo Courtesy The Atlantic)

(Photo Courtesy The Atlantic)

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Two American journalists,  plus reporters from Spain and Great Britain are in Tunisia,  after crossing the Libyan border after their release by the Moammar Gadhafi government. They had been held since April 5.

Clare Gillis, who grew up in New Haven,  was working as a freelance reporter for The Atlantic and USA Today.  She and James Foley of  Global Post, Spanish photographer Manuel Brabo and British freelance reporter Nigel Chandler  were taken to the border by a Hungarian diplomat.

Atlantic editor James Bennet said the magazine was thankful for those who worked toward Gillis’s case. “We’re grateful to the State Department and other foreign intermediaries, particularly the Hungarian and Turkish governments, who helped secure Clare’s release. We’re looking forward to her safe return home.”

Atlantic Media owner David Bradley, who worked with U.S. government officials and other intermediaries seeking her release, spoke to Clare by phone briefly Wednesday evening. “She sounds great. She is so relieved and happy to be going home,” he said. Bradley added that he is grateful to the Libyan government for treating her well.

Jane Gillis expressed relief at news of her daughter’s freedom. “We’re ecstatic for her release and we are looking forward to seeing her,” she said. Clare, who traveled to Libya in early March to report on the civil war there, had just graduated from Harvard University with a PhD in history.

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