American journalist escapes from prison after five months in captivity
"We are relieved that Matthew VanDyke's five-month ordeal is over," said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. "We hope that all journalists detained since the current uprising began are released immediately."
VanDyke had been missing in Libya since March 13 and was believed to have been captured in mid-March by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, his mother told CPJ. On August 10, the Libyan government finally admitted to having him in custody but would not provide any information on his whereabouts.