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4 New York Times journalists missing in Libya [Updated]

4 New York Times journalists missing in Libya [Updated]

[Updated March 18, 6:42 a.m.: The New York Times reported that their four journalists were captured by forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi and will be released Friday, his son, Seif Islam Kadafi said. Read more here.

[Updated March 17: Last known photograph of the missing New York Times photographers added. PhotoBlog has an interview with photographer Holly Pickett who is in the photo.]

The New York Times reported that four journalists reporting for the newspaper in Libya were missing.

The New York Times said the journalists, including photographers Tyler Hicks (left) and Lynsey Addario (below left), with reporters Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, were last in contact with their editors Tuesday morning from the town of Ajdabiya. Hicks has photographed in places such as Kosovo, Chechnya, Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“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,” Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, said in a statement.

Keller said the Libyan government had assured the New York Times that if the journalists had been captured, they would be released promptly and unharmed.

Last week a Brazilian reporter was freed by government forces in Libya. A journalist from Britain’s Guardian newspaper remains missing.

A BBC news team also said last week it had been detained by Libyan security forces, beaten and subjected to mock execution after they were arrested at a checkpoint.

Photos (top): 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 March 11, 2011. Credit: Paul Conroy / Reuters

Photos of Hicks and Addario from the New York Times.

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