Monday, March 21, 2011

Freed Times Journalists Give Account of Captivity -NY Times


Levent Sahinkaya, center, the Turkish ambassador to Libya, at the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, with the four freed New York Times journalists: from left, Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks, Lynsey Addario and Anthony Shadid. 
The Libyan government freed four New York Times journalists on Monday, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. They were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats and crossed safely into Tunisia in the late afternoon, from where they provided a harrowing account of their captivity.
Like many other Western journalists, the four had entered the rebel-controlled eastern region of Libya over the Egyptian border without visas to cover the insurrection against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. They were detained in Ajdabiya by forces loyal to Colonel Qaddafi.
Read the full article at http://nyti.ms/flAz1P on the New York Times
The journalists are Anthony Shadid, The Times’s Beirut bureau chief, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting; 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.