Atlantic Reporter Detained in Libya Contacts Family, Says She’s in Good Health

Clare Morgana Gillis tells parents she is being held in women’s civilian jail in Tripoli

Atlantic freelance reporter Clare Morgana Gillis, one of several journalists detained in Libya more than two weeks ago, told her parents on Friday that she is alive and in good health in a women's civilian jail in Tripoli.

According to the Atlantic, Gillis made a 15-minute phone call to her parents, and said she has not been mistreated.

"We were so relieved to hear from our daughter after having heard nothing for 16 days," her father, Robert Gillis, said. "We still urgently appeal to the Libyan government to let her come home."

Gillis was detained with two other journalists on April 5 outside of Brega while reporting the Atlantic and USA Today (James Foley of GlobalPost and Spanish photographer Manuel Bravo were the other two). The three were eventually moved to a co-ed military facility to Tripoli, Gillis said.

Gillis was moved to the women's prison earlier this week, she said.

Anton Lazarus Hammerl, a photographer, was originally believed to be taken with the group, but Gillis said he was not with them. Hammerl's whereabouts remain unknown.