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Journalists protest in support of imprisoned Al Jazeera crew

11 April 2011

Journalists demonstrated outside the Libyan embassy in London to demand the release of colleagues from the Al Jazeera Network. The crew was detained last month while covering the continuing conflict in Libya.

The NUJ joined with journalists from Al Jazeera to stage the protest on Thursday 14 April in support of camera opertators Ammar Al-Hamdan and Kamel Al Tallou and correspondent Ahmad val ould Eddin. They were initially held in the northwest of Libya near Zintan and then imprisoned in Tripoli.

Ahmad val ould Eddin is now reported to have been released, but the authorities have not provided any information on why the two camera operators are being held.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

“It is rightly observed that in war, the first casualty is truth. Very often nowadays, among the first victims of war and repression are news gatherers seeking to inform the world of what is happening. More than 140 journalists were killed in the last year, either in conflicts or by repressive regimes.
“We are demonstrating in support of our Al Jazeera colleagues because it is vital to their safety that attention is focused on their plight at a time when the enormity of events in Libya might cause them to be forgotten.”

Al Jazeera demands release of journalists – Al Jazeera, 6 April 2011.

Tags: , al jazeera, libya, press freedom