Press freedom and human rights organisations in Bahrain and globally have been hugely supportive in their advice and vocal support and we are also thankful to them.
To the hundreds of friends, colleagues and supporters in Bahrain, the United States and around the world who offered help and assistance in securing their release, we thank you too.
We ask for privacy for the journalists and their families as they return home. We will notify the press on their return of any further statements or comments the journalists themselves wish to make.
The four American journalists were detained on 14 February while covering protests to mark the fifth anniversary of the uprising in Bahrain. They appeared in court this morning and have been released from detention this afternoon and boarded a flight this evening.
The families ask all media requests and interview bids be sent to:
Jesse Ayala Jr (colleague): firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Beals (colleague): email@example.com