December 9, 2013
Brazilian reporter goes missing, believed arrested by Gaddafi
Brazilian newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo has reported the disappearance of its foreign correspondent in Libya and believes he has been arrested by forces loyal to Gaddafi.
“For over a week now, the newspaper has lost all contact with correspondent Andrei Netto, who was stationed on the west of Libya covering the latest clashes between the rebels and Gaddafi’s forces,” the “Estado” says, adding that according to “unverified information, Netto could be imprisoned by the government along with another journalist and a Libya guide who was assisting them on site.”
Up until last Sunday, the newspaper was receiving indirect information, assuring that the reporter was OK, and was hiding in the Zawiya region, 30 km away from Tripoli.
Direct communications, such as telephone calls and emails had been suspended “for security reasons,” Libyan sources assured.
However, recent information suggests that Netto has been imprisoned in the Zawiya region.
Tripoli has yet to confirm his official detention.
The city, which had been taken by the rebels, was surrounded by soldiers loyal to Gaddafi last week.