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Published On: Sat, Mar 19th, 2011

N.Y. Times journalists missing in Libya to be freed

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Washington(ANN)Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya have been located and will be freed by military forces, the newspaper reported Friday, apparently ending a drama that underscored the perils of reporting amid the tumult in the Middle East.The journalists – two-time

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid, photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, and reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell – had been missing since Tuesday.

The Times reported Friday that the four were captured by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy after entering rebel-controlled eastern Libya without visas, a common practice among Western journalists covering the ongoing insurrection.

In its report, the Times cited comments about the release made by Khadafy’s son, Seif al-Islam, in an interview with Christiane Amanpour of ABC News.

Shadid, a former Washington Post and Boston Globe writer, won Pulitzers in 2004 and 2010 for his pieces on the war in Iraq and its aftermath. His colleagues also were experienced foreign journalists.

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