4 New York Times Journalists Found In Libya

Four New York Times journalists who were reported missing while covering the Libya conflict have been found, the newspaper said Friday.

Combination photo shows the four missing journalists covering the fighting in Libya for the New York Times from handout photos released to Reuters on March 16, 2011. The newspaper said the four journalists are missing in a statement on March 16, 2011. From L-R: Photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid.

NEW YORK – Four New York Times journalists who were reported missing while covering the Libya conflict have been found, the newspaper said Friday.

The Times reported on its website that the four were captured by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and will be released Friday.

The Times said his son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, gave the information to Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.

Libyan government officials told the United States State Department on Thursday evening that all four would be released.

They had last been in contact with editors on Tuesday from the northern port city of Ajdabiya where they were covering the retreat of rebels.

The journalists are Anthony Shadid, The Times's Beirut bureau chief and a two-time Pulitzer-prize winning foreign correspondent; two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who have extensive experience in war zones; and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell, who in 2009 was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was rescued by British commandos.

AP