Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NY Times Journos Missing in Libya

UPDATE: son of Gadaffi reportedly told newswoman Christine Amanpour that NYT photographer Lynsey Addario had been arrested and would be released Friday in Tripoli. Inshallah. Just passing on a tweet that has been retreated several times and repeated in a Filipino press story. May indicate that all 4 journos are in custody?

The New York Times reported Wednesday that four of its journalists are missing in Libya.

According to the paper, the journalists were last in contact with their editors on Tuesday.

The missing journalists are: Anthony Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the paper's Beirut bureau chief; video reporter and blogger Stephen Farrell; plus two of the paper's top photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, winner of a MacArthur genius grant.

"Their families and their colleagues at The Times are anxiously seeking information about their situation, and praying that they are safe," editor Bill Keller said. He also said that the paper has talked to the Libyan government, which says it is trying to locate the journalists.

The fighting in Libya has gravely affected the journalists covering the story. BBC journalists have been arrested and tortured, an Al Jazeera cameraman has been killed, and a journalist for the Guardian went missing. (He was eventually found.)

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