Friday 18 March 2011

Libya says it will free New York Times journalists

Libyan government officials have told the United States State Department that four New York Times journalists who have been missing since Tuesday will be released, the paper has reported.

They are Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, both photographers; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer; and Anthony Shadid, the Beirut bureau chief.

The Libyan government allowed the journalists to call their families on Thursday evening.

“We’re all, families and friends, overjoyed to know they are safe,” said Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times. “We are eager to have them free and back home."

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