From the pickup, Lynsey saw a body outstretched next to our car, one arm outstretched. We still don’t know whether that was Mohammed [the journalists’ driver]. We fear it was, though his body has yet to be found.
If he died, we will have to bear the burden for the rest of our lives that an innocent man died because of us, because of wrong choices that we made, for an article that was never worth dying for.
No article is, but we were too blind to admit that.
-“4 Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality,” New York Times, 22 March 2011
The New York Times has published a harrowing account of the capture and 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, brutality, and boredom, and are a grim reminder of the risks that conflict reporters accept in bringing news to the world.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has been keeping an updated account of attacks on journalists in Libya.