Libya releases four foreign journalists

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After having been detained for six weeks, accused of entering the country illegally, four foreign journalists have been released in Libya.

The two American, one British and Spanish journalists were taken to Tripoli’s Rixo hotel upon their release.

Moussa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, said the detainees are free to stay and carry on reporting in Libya or, if they requested to leave, could be escorted to the Tunisian border.

Claiming their detention was due to confusion over the journalists’ identities, and citing foreign combatants fighting with rebel forces as the cause of the mix-up, Ibrahim offered an apology and stated that, as journalists, they are harmless. 

During their detention they were held at various centres around the country and refused access to the outside world.