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Militiamen seize Press TV reporter, cameramen in west Libya
Press TV reporter Nicholas Davies (pictured) was detained along with his cameraman Gareth Mongomery-Johnson and two local residents by militiamen in Misratah, Libya, on February 21, 2012.
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:30PM
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Local Libyan militiamen have arrested the reporter and cameramen working for the English-language Press TV news network in the western city of Misratah.

The pair, indentified as Nicholas Davies and Gareth Mongomery-Johnson, were seized along with two local residents, indentified only by their first names Muhammad and Assad, by the Misratah Brigade members on Wednesday morning, and are currently being held in custody in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Human Rights Watch has announced that efforts are underway to secure their release.

The incident is latest in a series of reported abuses by Libyan militiamen, who overthrew slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi after more than 41 years of despotic rule.

Human Rights Watch said on February 3 that 62 year-old Omar Brebesh, who served as Libya’s former ambassador to France, died less than 24 hours after his arrest in Tripoli on January 19 by militiamen from the western town of Zintan.

The New York-based group said that photographs of Brebesh's body provided by the family show extensive bruising and other wounds.

Rights workers say that abuses including torture, executions, and rape take place in makeshift prisons run by Libyan militiamen.

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