Ruppersberger Calls for Release of Missing Journalist Matthew VanDyke ’02

The Associated Press reports Maryland Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is working to secure the release of freelance journalist Matthew VanDyke ’02, political science, who has been missing in Libya since March 13. According to the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and CBS news, Ruppersberger met with VanDyke’s family on May 23. During a news conference at the VanDyke home, he remarked, “The number one priority is to bring him home safely.” Although there has been no confirmation that he is being held by Gaddafi’s forces, both the U.S. State Department and Committee to Protect Journalists have voiced concern for his well-being.

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