Three Journalists Missing in Libya: Two AFP & One Getty Images Journalists (Dave Clark, Roberto Schmidt & Joe Raedle) Missing Since 3/19/2011
Three more journalist are missing in Libya.
According to reports, two Agence France-Presse journalists journalists, Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, and one Getty Images journalist, Joe Raedle have been missing since Saturday morning in Libya while working in the eastern Tobruk region. The journalists were supposed to meet with opponents of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. They have not been heard from since sending their editors an email Friday night informing that they would be meeting with rebels.
AFP reporter Dave Clark and photographer Roberto Schmidt had informed the agency in an e-mail Friday night that they planned to meet opponents of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi and speak with refugees fleeing the fighting between rebels and loyalists. They were accompanied by Joe Raedle of Getty Images, the agency said.
The journalists have not been heard from since they sent the e-mail, AFP said.
Libyan authorities are believed to be holding a number of other journalists detained while covering the uprising. They include four New York Times journalists who went missing while covering the fighting in the east last week.
Were these journalists detained by Kadafi forces. Many journalists have been detained by pro-Kadafi forces while covering the uprising in Libya. They include four New York Times journalists who went missing while covering the fighting last week and on Saturday, Al Jazeera TV said that four of its journalists, (Kamel Atalua, Ammar al-Hamdan, Lotfi al-Messaoudi and Ahmed Vall Ould Addin) including a Norwegian, a Briton, a Tunisian and a Mauritanian, were being held in Tripoli.
Three Western journalists who went missing in Libya last week were arrested at gunpoint by soldiers loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, Agence France-Presse said Monday.
Citing a driver who was traveling with them, AFP said the journalists ran into a military convoy about 7 miles (12 kilometers) outside the eastern city of Ajdabiya on Saturday. They were ordered to kneel on the side of the road with their hands on their heads, the driver, Mohammed Hamed, told AFP