4 New York Times journalists missing in Libya (UPDATED x 2)


Paul Conroy / Reuters - Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left), run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf on Friday, Mar. 11. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, were reported missing near lines of Muammar Gaddafi's advancing forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday.

Paul Conroy / Reuters - Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left), run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf on Friday, Mar. 11. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, were reported missing near lines of Muammar Gaddafi's advancing forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday.

The above is the last known photo of Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, two of four New York Times journalists who have gone missing in Libya. The other two missing are Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and Stephen Farrell, a videographer and reporter who had previously been kidnapped by the Taliban. The New York Times says they have spoken with the Libyan government in Tripoli; Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times says, “We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed.” Both Addario and Hicks have recently contributed to the NYT’s Lens blog: At a Deadly, Shifting Front in Libya and In the Thick of Libya’s Brutal Fighting.

We wish for a safe and fast return of the four journalists.

UPDATE (18 March 2011, 9:00am Eastern): In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, Saif Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, says that one journalist will be released soon: “You know, they entered country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiyah from the terrorists and they found her there and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow.”

UPDATE (21 March 2011, 10:47am Eastern) – The four NYT journalists have been released into the custody of Turkish diplomats.


  1. [...] days after their disappearance, four New York Times Journalists have been released. Tyler Hicks, Lynsey Addario, Anthony Shadid, [...]

  2. [...] conditions of captivity of Tyler Hicks, Lynsey Addario, Anthony Shadid, and Stephen Farrell, who disappeared last week in Libya. The four were released early this week. Their capture and detention were filled with confusion, [...]

  3. [...] remain harrowing: Lynsey Addario talks about her capture and treatment in Libya earlier this year (previously on dvafoto); João Silva relates stepping on a landmine in October [...]

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