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Two journalists from news agency Agence France-Presse and a Getty Images photographer who were detained in Libya have been released, according to an announcement by the agency.

AFP confirmed that its reporters Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, as well as Joe Raedle from Getty, were released on Wednesday after being arrested on Saturday in Ajdabiya.

In a statement, AFP chairman and chief executive Emmanuel Hoog said their release is "the fruit of the mobilisation of the entire AFP editorial staff and the agency as a whole".

"I thank everyone in the company for their efforts, the French government for its determination to find a just and happy outcome and the Libyan authorities for their promptness, following my urgent request, in freeing the journalists whose sole mission was to report on the situation currently playing out in Libya."

Their release follows that of four New York Times journalists earlier this week, who reported on what they called "days of brutality" in detention in Libya in a joint article on

On Monday the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that since the revolt in Libya began in February, more than 50 attacks on the press have been documented including two fatalities, more than 33 detentions and five assaults.

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