Clare Morgana Gillis, a freelance journalist held in Libya along with GlobalPost contributor James Foley and another Western reporter, called her parents Thursday from a detention facility in Tripoli. It was the first contact any of them made with the outside world since they were detained on April 5.
Gillis’ parents, Jane and Robert, said she sounded “upbeat” but expressed concern that she hadn’t yet been released. Gillis said she was with the other journalists until April 19, when she was moved to a women’s facility.
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Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi captured Gillis, Foley and Spanish photographer Manu Brabo while they were reporting outside the city of Brega. Gillis said a fourth journalist, Anton Hammerl, a photographer with South African and Austrian citizenship, was not detained with them. He has been missing since April 5.
A government spokesman denied Wednesday that the Americans were being held, but other government sources have said they were safe and would be released soon.
Gillis’ parents appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” Thursday morning to plead for her return:
Foley’s mother also updated efforts by Washington and Turkey to secure her son’s release: