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The intense negotiations for their release involved the National Transitional Council, the prime minister and many tribal elders.
Libyan citizens and organisations were instructed that they may not hold or participate in a demonstration without prior permission from the ministry.
Abdelqader Fosouk and Youssuf Badi were reportedly kidnapped at around 5 p.m., as they were about to leave Bani Walid and return to Misrata in order to vote there before the polling stations closed.
The presiding Judge declared a law that criminalised a variety of political speech unconstitutional, but added that the decision did not affect other pre-existing restrictions on speech, such as insulting Islam.
A new law banning insults against the people of Libya or its institutions, and prohibiting criticism of the country’s 2011 revolution and glorification of the deposed former leader Muammar Gaddafi, was passed on 2 May 2012.
Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, who work for Iran’s state-owned English-language TV station Press TV, appeared at a news conference held by the interior ministry in Tripoli and were then driven to the British embassy.
The Saraya Swehli militia, commanded by Faraj Swehli, detained Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, both British citizens, in Tripoli early on February 21, 2012, along with three Libyans.
The whereabouts of six Libyan journalists who have been missing for the past six months are still unknown.
The four journalists were abducted on the road between Zawiya and Tripoli. According to "La Stampa", their Libyan driver was killed in front of them.
Matthew VanDyke was captured in mid-March by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The Libyan government only recently admitted to having him in custody.
Journalists in the hotel said that snipers were positioned around the property where pro-Qaddafi forces are still operating.
Two armed men wearing military fatigues broke into Tracey Shelton's room at the Africa Hotel, tied her up, beat her, and attempted to kidnap her.
Government forces fired on apparently peaceful protesters, killing at least two and wounding 10, in the town of Bani Walid, on 28 May 2011.
Authorities had maintained that photojournalist Anton Hammerl was alive and detained along with three other foreign reporters who were recently released.
Chris Hondros, a former Pulitzer Prize nominee, also won the 2006 Robert Capa Gold Medal for his "exceptional courage and initiative" in Iraq.
British photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed in an explosion in the western city of Misurata, believed to have been caused by a mortar round.
Citing diplomatic sources, Reuters said correspondent Suleiman al-Khalidi, a Jordanian national, had been detained in Damascus.
Mohammed al-Nabbous was killed by sniper fire while he was covering a battle in the vicinity of Benghazi, The Associated Press and regional news websites reported.
The government gave its assurance that if the journalists were captured, they would be released unharmed, Bill Keller, executive editor of the "New York Times", is quoted as saying.
Ali Hassan al-Jaber was struck three times by bullets and died in hospital after the vehicle he was traveling in was fired upon by unidentified gunmen.