Four journalists were taken prisoner by forces loyal to Qaddafi on April 5th, 2011: James Foley, 37, an American correspondent for GlobalPost; Clare Gillis, 34, an American freelance journalist working for The Atlantic and USA Today; Manu Brabo, 30, a Spanish photographer on assignment for the European Press Agency. Anton Hammerl, 41, an Austrian/South African photojournalist, also went missing the same day. The Libyan government has confirmed that it has all four journalists in custody, but has not yet provided a release date.
As freelance correspondents, Jim, Clare, Manu, and Anton do not have the benefit of a large and powerful news corporation to galvanize diplomatic pressure to secure their timely and safe release. Their work has provided us with fair and balanced news coverage worldwide, and has been featured in numerous prestigious international media outlets. They were doing their job to help inform others, and now deserve to return home to their families.
Please sign the petition appealing to the Libyan government to release Jim, Clare, Manu, and Anton; and showing the US State Department, and the foreign ministries of Spain, Austria, and South Africa that you support their diplomatic efforts.
We the undersigned support the efforts of the the US State Department, the foreign ministries of Spain, Austria, and South Africa to secure the timely and safe release of captured journalists James Foley (USA), Clare Gillis (USA), Manu Brabo (Spain) and Anton Hammerl (South Africa-Austria). We appeal to the Libyan government to release these individuals immediately.
My signature below asks you to do everything in your power to secure the release of journalists James Foley, Clare Gillis, Manu Brabo, and Anton Hammerl.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Thank you for signing the petition to support the release of the journalists captured in Libya on April 5, 2011: James Foley, Clare Gillis, Manu Brabo, and Anton Hammerl. Due to recent events, this petition is now closed.
On May 18th, 2011, Foley, Gillis, and Brabo were released from Libyan custody. On May 19th, the three journalists were escorted to Tunisian border, and from there, they made their way home to their respective countries. Once in Tunisia, they shared the devastating news that Anton Hammerl was killed during their initial capture. We temper our joy at the news of Jim, Clare, and Manu's release, as we think of the Hammerl family and remember Anton.
It is unfortunate that journalists are endangered in their quest to enlighten the world with their reportage. To learn more about how you can continue to support the cause of journalistic freedom, please visit the Committee to Protect Journalists (http://www.cpj.org/) and Reporters Without Borders (http://en.rsf.org/). You can also help support the children of Anton Hammerl (Aurora, 11; Neo, 7; Hiro, 6 months old). Learn more at http://www.friendsofanton.org.
The Friends and Family of James Foley (petition authors)
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