Thank you, BBC, for putting up the main page headline that Pierre and Thomas have been freed on bail by the Niger judge and their passports have been returned to them. Fuller details can be seen on both the BBC site and on Reporters without Borders.
Update on 29 January 2008: I sincerely hope this thread is now closed. I know both families are extremely relieved that the journalists are home and safe and they are all delighted that the local driver, AlHassanye, was released from detention a couple of days later. The story is not yet over as bail is still not the end of the legal process but at least everyone is alive and able to carry on working and being part of their respective family and global communities.