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.