UPDATED STATEMENT on behalf of the families of the four US journalists arrested in Bahrain on 14 February.

The families of four US journalists who were arrested in Bahrain on 14 February are thrilled that the four journalists have now left Bahrain and are in transit. We are grateful to Bahraini authorities for their speedy resolution of the issue and to the the US Embassy in Bahrain and State Department officials who worked tirelessly to assist the group. 

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.

Editors note:
One of the journalists is Anna Therese Day, an independent journalist. The families of the other three wish their names to remain private.

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): jesse@jesseayala.com

Emma Beals (colleague): ejbeals@gmail.com