U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, today thanked the Hungarian government for its role in obtaining the release of American journalists James Foley of GlobalPost and freelance writer Clare Morgana Gillis, as well as Spanish photojournalist Manu Brabo and British journalist Nigel Chandler.
"The government of Hungary and its representatives in Tripoli worked hard and skillfully to obtain the release of Foley, Gillis, Brabo and Chandler," Gallegly said. "The free world appreciates their efforts and success. Col. Gadaffi must now release all journalists detained in Libya."
In personal phone conversations in recent weeks with Col. Gadaffi's third son, Al-Saadi, Gallegly had repeatedly urged the release of the journalists. Gallegly also held several phone conversations with executives and other officials at The Atlantic and Gannett, two organizations Gillis freelanced for, and the GlobalPost. Last week, Gallegly met with Foley's parents, Dr. John and Mrs. Diane Foley, in his Washington, DC, office.
Gallegly and his office also held discussions with the Hungarian ambassador as his government worked to obtain the journalists' release.
"I know how relieved the journalism community and the journalists' families are now that they have been released. I wish them a joyful reunion," Gallegly said.