UPDATE: We understand Anna and her colleagues have been released and will be leaving Bahrain soon. 

FFR calls for the release of member Anna Therese Day, detained in Bahrain with three crew members. The following is a statement released by the family of Anna Therese Day about her detention and posted here. 

Statement regarding American journalist, Anna Therese Day, and colleagues, detained in Bahrain on 14 February 2016. 

American, independent journalist Anna Therese Day and three members of her camera crew were detained in Bahrain on 14 February while working in the country. They have not yet been released. The four are experienced journalists, having most recently worked on virtual reality documentary filmmaking in Egypt and Gaza, and we hope the Bahraini authorities will release them rapidly and without harm.

Anna Therese Day is an award-winning independent journalist. She is a 2016 Truman National Security Project fellow, 2016 adjunct professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 United Nations Press Fellow, and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time in 2011. Day is a regular contributor to The New York Times Women in the World. The Shorty Awards for Social Media recognized her as one of the Top 10 journalists of the Year at their 2013 and 2014 awards. Recently, she was named a national finalist for Running Start's Emerging Young Leader Awards and selected as one of's #Mic50 Millennial Leaders 2015 list. In 2015, Day became a global brand ambassador for Skype's "The Things We Can Do" English-language campaign. 

Anna has reported from all over the Middle East and north Africa, India, Brazil and Mexico. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera English, Daily Beast, CBS, Huffington Post, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish.

A Spokesperson for the family of Ms Day said: "Anna and her crew are committed journalists who only want to ensure they could undertake their profession ethically and thoroughly. The allegation that they were in any way involved in illegal behavior or anything other than journalistic activities is impossible. Anna Day is much loved and missed and we are concerned about her well being as well as that of her three American colleagues. We hope the Bahraini authorities will release all four journalists as soon as possible so they can return home."


Notes for editors:

The other three journalists working with Ms Day have not yet been named and we would ask journalists to respect this in their reporting. 

Examples Ms Day's work can be found here: 

Images of Ms Day for use by the media are attached.

The family has asked that all inquiries and requests for comments be directed to: 

Jesse Ayala (colleague) 

Emma Beals (colleague)