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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Journalists Recount Jail Ordeal

AMMAN, Jordan -- Four journalists expelled from Iraq said Wednesday they feared for their lives when they were detained for a week in Iraq's most notorious prison and interrogated on suspicion of espionage.

Reporter Matt McAllester, 33, and photographer Moises Saman, 29, of the New York newspaper Newsday were released from a Baghdad prison Tuesday and deported. They were expelled along with fellow detainees Molly Bingham, a freelance photographer from Kentucky, and Danish freelance photographer Johan Rydeng Spanner.

In Amman, McAllester told reporters he feared for his life "every second." "From the time we realized we were being taken to prison until the time we crossed the border into Jordan we felt our lives were in danger," said McAllester, who is from Britain.

The journalists said the Iraqi authorities searched their hotel rooms and drove them to Abu Ghraib prison, where they were separated and given prison clothes to wear and two blankets. "Over the next few days, they interrogated us over and over," Bingham said. "We had to sign papers."

She did not elaborate. She said it was not clear why she was arrested.

The journalists slept on the hard, concrete cell floors and were given three meals a day.

"Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs and chai [tea]. Lunch was rice and potatoes. Dinner was chicken broth and some sort of chicken and bread," Bingham said.