Four N.Y. Times journalists missing in Libya
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner is among the four New York Times journalists missing in Libya.
March 16th, 2011
01:52 PM ET

Four N.Y. Times journalists missing in Libya

Four journalists for The New York Times are missing in Libya, the newspaper said Wednesday on its website.

The Times said the missing journalists are Anthony Shadid, the paper's Beirut bureau chief and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and rescued by British commandos; and two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario.

"We have talked with officials of the Libyan government in Tripoli, and they tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists," executive editor Bill Keller said. "We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed."

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  1. Cesar

    I just hope that the so-called "rebels" didn't already kill them in order to cover up something. They may have found something out that the C.I.A. doesn't us to know about. One never knows with them. Either way,let's just hope they come out of this safe and sound.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Publius

      Not that Qaddafi and his minions would do any harm to innocent journaiists, or to his own people. That's simply not possible.... Et Tu Cesar?

      March 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      CNN has already reported that its own reporters have been detained by Qaddafi's forces. It is most likely the same thing.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • darellee

      Cesar, i'm afraid your brain is pickled with conspiracy ideas. I hope you recover. Peace...

      March 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free Pali

      "So called rebels." What news agency do you follow? Oh wait, I know, Fox News. These people are bona-fide freedom fighters that deserve our utmost respect. They are only trying to achieve what many of us in the west take for granted.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jinn the Kafir

      There are numerous incidents of reporters being detained and even beaten by Gaddafi forces. None by rebels. You sound like a Gaddafi supporter.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Why on earth would the "rebels" harm them? It's quite clear, on the other hand, why Quadaffy Duck's minions would harm them: They'd be reporting on the wholesale slaughter of the new government citizens by Quadaffy Duck's army.

      March 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brutus

      Cesar, I though long and hard about to how to respond to your idiotic statement, but you have left me at a loss for words

      March 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rock Bottom

    This is news? Mr. G's thugs have been grabbing journalists since this whole thing started, don't get me wrong, I feel sorry for their families.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. UnSub

    Cesar...you're a complete and absolute idiot. That is all.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Smyth

    "We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed."

    Talk about optimism.

    Want a real jolt?

    Watch for the first country to sign an oil deal with Mommar.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. danny

    They were accidently murdered when they asked the wrong person the wrong question. Details in 5 or 6 years.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • a little sad

      I can only hope that will not be the case, but I fear it will be.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logan

    Stephen Farrell is having a bad decade by the sounds of it. Getting kidnapped by the Taliban who generally kill their hostages would be enough to make me change jobs

    March 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. catsrulz

    This is what happens when you enter into what basicly is a war zone. They are targets just like anyone else. If you go there you take a huge risk. But i guess since they are american journalists that no one well touch them. Got news journalists are targets now not like in the past.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      exactly!!

      March 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marge Simpson

    Oh, I'm sure they'll be just fine.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kim

    Like it's nor obvious that the government is the most likely suspect in this. @_@ They don't want us to know the truth, which is why, I assume, they kidnapped the NY Times journalists-to keep the truth from getting out. Hopefully they are safe and will be freed soon 🙁

    March 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • nheckt

      you people are crazy

      March 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stop now

    Say no to the European Union plans to reoccupy Libya and Africa:
    Libyan issue is not a European issue it is an African issue; AU should take of the problem not EU. This is plans for reoccupy of this continent again by Europe. Most people knows their real intention of wanting to go to Libya, it is not to serve the people there. It is for the oil and retakes Africa. First the French should not even say any thing, because it was just few weeks ago when they were supporting the dictator in Tunisia. Africa without Kaddafi is not the same; we need leader like him that can say what is in their mind. We do not need another European empire in African for the second time, it didn’t work the first time and it’s not going to work this time. Look what you have left us with when you fast got here.
    You need to mind your own Business you French government and EU!

    March 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • hotepk

      Ghaddafi provides housing and a high standard of living compared to most African states...Ghaddafi considers himself African before muslim, putting him at odds w/ many Libyan Arabs who despise Blacks and prefer to align w/ Europeans-even though Europeans do not like Arabs...Ghaddafi champions the concept of Libya being created by Black men which wins him support in sub-Saharan Africa and the enmity of the white man and the Arabs...Moors, Black Americans and other supportes of the African diaspora in America need to support the aims of Ghaddafi-the great Kwame Ture extolled the virtues of Ghaddafi for helping the asperations of Africans...

      March 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Reality Check

    Probably having lunch with Gadhafi.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      If by "having lunch with" you mean "being tortured by", I agree.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MG

    Ghaddafi just gunned down the Aljazeerah camerman to teach them a lesson. It's most likely that he took those jounralist as a "human shield" in case the west attach him. which will never happen But Iit's highly unlikely he will try to harm them. He's not that dump afterall otherwise, he would have not survived that long.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. derek

    Good. They were prolly about to write another report calling them rebels 🙂 .... 7

    March 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George W. Bush

    They were first class a**holes, anyway.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fierybuddha

    hey – how about showing pictures of the times' employees instead of a shot of the front door w/some anon dudes w/their expensive coffees walking by. kinda bogus...

    March 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BiggestLittleCity

      They are holding coffee from McDonalds... just saying.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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