Some Journalists Being Forced To Leave Libya, New Visas Not Being Issued
Update at 12:35 p.m. ET, April 7: NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells us that the journalists have been given a new deadline — Saturday. As she advised yesterday, while the group had been told they would have to leave Libya, the regime is known to change it's mind about deadlines and details — and might even decide not to force some of the correspondents to leave.
Our original post:
More than 20 journalists from news outlets including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NBC News are being told by authorities that they have to leave Libya, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Tripoli.
And Moammar Gadhafi's regime has decided to stop issuing new visas for correspondents who wish to come cover the conflict there, Lourdes adds.
Some of the journalists being told to leave by tomorrow had visas that were expired and they had been waiting for renewals. Others have valid visas but are being expelled anyway.
One additional note from Lourdes: Things are subject to change — some reporters have been told in the recent past that they were being expelled, only to later be allowed to stay.
The news organizations involved:
-- Britain's Channel 4.
-- Fox News.
-- The Independent.
-- Italian TV.
-- Britain's ITV.
-- France's Le Figaro.
-- Los Angeles Times.
-- London Times.
-- NBC News.
-- The New York Times.
-- Italy's RAI.
-- RTL of The Netherlands.
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