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The Foreigner Al-Jazeera Norwegian journalist freed. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms Libyan authorities have freed Al-Jazeera journalist Ammar Al-Hamdan. “I am pleased that he is now safely out of Libya, and wish to thank all of those who have contributed towards this happening,” says FM Jonas Gahr Støre in a press statement. Colonel Gaddafi’s forces seized Mr Al-Hamdan and his three British, Mauritian, and Tunisian colleagues, who have also been released, over a month ago whilst they were on assignment for the channel in the east of the country. He has been sitting in a Tripoli jail since then, except for a short period of freedom.

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Al-Jazeera Norwegian journalist freed

Published on Thursday, 14th April, 2011 at 23:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms Libyan authorities have freed Al-Jazeera journalist Ammar Al-Hamdan.



“I am pleased that he is now safely out of Libya, and wish to thank all of those who have contributed towards this happening,” says FM Jonas Gahr Støre in a press statement.

Colonel Gaddafi’s forces seized Mr Al-Hamdan and his three British, Mauritian, and Tunisian colleagues, who have also been released, over a month ago whilst they were on assignment for the channel in the east of the country. He has been sitting in a Tripoli jail since then, except for a short period of freedom.

In his first interview following his release the 34-year-old Al-Jazeera photographer, who also works for weekly publication Ny Tid and is now in Tunisia, thanked FM Støre “from the bottom of my heart.”

Mr Al-Hamdan NRK this evening the Libyans alleged he was a double agent on a mission for Norway and Qatar, saying the intelligence service was particularly interested in the NRK team that was in the same area at the time of his initial arrest.

He says they asked him if he had correspondents Sidsel Wold and Mohammed Alayobi’s mobile numbers, who Gaddafi’s officials allege were in the country illegally at the time. He warns them against travelling to Tripoli, according to the broadcaster.

“Mr Al-Hamdan’s case shows just how exposed journalists are where there are armed conflicts. It is disturbing that journalists face increasing obstacles when doing their work in conflict areas,” says the Foreign Minister.

Ms Wold and Mr Alayobi have decided not to travel to Tripoli.



Published on Thursday, 14th April, 2011 at 23:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: ammaral-hamdan, jonasgahrstoere, dagherbjoernsrud, muammaral-gaddafi, jailedal-jazeerajournalist.





  
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