Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya left Tripoli on Sunday at 1.00pm EDT together with the group of independent journalists of France’s Reseau Voltaire.
He has arrived safely in Malta and will be returning to Canada shortly.
We wish to thank the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hungarian Embassy in Tripoli, which currently represents Canada in Libya and which, under difficult circumstances, ensured his safe passage to the boat.
We are much indebted to the office of the Hon. Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby- New Westminster) for their tireless efforts in support of Mahdi’s safe return to Canada.
Our thanks and appreciation to The Russian Embassy in Libya, which also assisted Mahdi Nazemroaya in Tripoli.
Our thanks to the Student Appeals Centre at the University of Ottawa as well as the staff of student newspapers La Rotonde and Fulcrum, which played a major role in sensitizing the university community and the broader public as well as contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Briton Amos of Humanitarian Mobility International (HMI) played a key role in the solidarity campaign, by getting the word out to the Canadian media and communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Our thanks and appreciation to the government of Malta which arranged for his safe passage to Malta, en route to Canada. The evacuation boat out of Tripoli was a courtesy of the government of Malta.
Mahdi Nazemroaya was part of a mission to Libya under the auspices of the Reseau Voltaire.
We are indebted to the Reseau Voltaire and in particular to Reseau Voltaire’s President Thierry Meyssan for having supported his endeavors throughout his stay in Libya.
Mahdi Nazemroaya personifies Truth in Media. He is a man of courage and determination. He risked his life to convey the truth on what is happening in Libya.
The independent foreign journalists who were covering events in Libya are now safe, they have prevailed.
We will provide updates in the course of the next few hours.
Michel Chossudovsky. Global Research, Montreal. August 29, 2011 7.26am EDT (updated 11.30am)