Brazilian Journalist Is Released in Libya

By Dialogo
March 15, 2011


Brazilian journalist Andrei Netto, a reporter for the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, was released in Libya on March 9th, according to the newspaper’s website.

According to the newspaper, Netto is now in the residence of the Brazilian ambassador in Tripoli, George Ney de Souza Fernandes, after eight days in prison in the city of Sabratha, 60 kilometers from the capital, Tripoli.

He was arrested by troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Netto is in good health and was scheduled to leave Libya on March 10th, according to the newspaper, which had lost all direct contact with Netto, sent to the country to cover the Libyan crisis. During the time he was being held, the journalist had no contact with the outside world, the newspaper added.

Earlier, the spokesman for the President of the Republic, Rodrigo Baena, announced that President Dilma Rousseff had instructed Interim Foreign Affairs Minister Ruy Nogueira to take “urgent measures” to ensure the reporter’s physical integrity and his release.

Netto urged Moammar Gadhafi’s government to release another journalist from British newspaper The Guardian who remains a prisoner in the country.



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