Release of Journalists in Libya

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 19, 2011

[Also available in Persian]

The United States welcomes the release of the foreign journalists in Libya, including two U.S. citizens, and thanks all of the governments and individuals who worked on behalf of our citizens.

We call upon the Libyan government to immediately release all U.S. citizens and others who are being unjustly detained. Qadhafi and his regime must allow journalists to carry out their work within Libya free from fear and intimidation and to respect the universal rights of everyone in Libya, including U.S. citizens and others. We will continue to work relentlessly to secure the release of all U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Libya and -- with the help of the international community -- hold accountable those responsible for the reprehensible human rights abuses against the Libyan people and others within Libya.

PRN: 2011/802