News correspondent from N.H. located in Libya, website says
But whereabouts of reporter, others still not confirmed
An American correspondent for GlobalPost taken prisoner by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy has been located, the Boston-based international news website said yesterday.
Reports from Libyan and US officials say that James Foley of Rochester, N.H., and three other journalists are expected to be taken to Tripoli and then released, the website said. The other detained journalists are Clare Morgana Gillis, an American freelance journalist and contributor to The Atlantic; Spanish photographer Manu Brabo; and South African photographer Anton Hammerl.
GlobalPost president and chief executive Philip Balboni said the news organization has not been able to independently confirm the reports about the journalists’ whereabouts.
“We are aware of reports coming out of Libya that our correspondent James Foley and the other journalists taken prisoner on Tuesday are now in the hands of the Libyan government and are safe,’’ Balboni said. “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.’’
New York-based Human Rights Watch said the journalists were taken captive Tuesday morning while reporting on the outskirts of Brega.
Foley regularly contributes videos and dispatches and had been traveling with Libyan rebels, said GlobalPost spokesman Rick Byrne.
Besides GlobalPost, Foley has written for a number of news organizations including Stars and Stripes and Al Jazeera. Foley has also appeared on PBS News Hour and sent video dispatches to
Gillis has been based in the Middle East for a year and has written dispatches for The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor, according to her website.
GlobalPost said it and other news organizations are working to make sure the journalists are released immediately.
Reporters Without Borders said about 100 foreign reporters are in Libya to cover conflict between Khadafy and rebel forces.