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Libyan leader orders release of detained journalists

One senior media executive and 19 journalists arrested in power struggle within ruling elite to be r

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has ordered for the release of 19 journalists and a senior media executive, who were arrested as part of a power struggle within the ruling elite in the Libyan capital Tripoli a few days ago.

The journalists are working for the Libya Press news agency run by Gaddafi's reformist son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

While no official reason has been given for the arrests, it is believed that the journalists' arrests are in response to an editorial in the Oea weekly, which said that some leaders including Abdelsalem Jalloud, driven out of office during the 1969 revolution, must return to the government and help in the fight against rampant corruption.

Libya Press condemned the detention of its staff as "shameful and scandalous", and demanded their immediate release.

Libya's official Jana news agency said that Leader of the Revolution [Col Gaddafi] had issued instructions to release the journalists, and ordered an investigation into the matter.

Fawzi Ben-Tamer, the deputy head of the al-Ghad Media Company, which owns the news agency and other media outlets, said that all the journalists have been treated well and no charges were made against them.