Four New York Times journalists, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid, have gone missing in Libya, the paper said today. The Times received unconfirmed reports that its team of journalists got "swept up by Libyan government forces" while on the ground in the port city of Ajdabiya. Executive Editor Bill Keller confirmed that the paper had contacted Libyan officials about the disappearances. "They tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists," he said.
In addition to Anthony Shadid (who won our Ridenhour Book Prize in 2006 for his Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War), the missing include reporter Stephen Farrell and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario. MSNBC posted a selection of photographer Tyler Hicks' work here.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has documented more than 40 attacks on the press in Libya since the conflict between rebels and forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi exploded last month. On March 12, an Al Jazeera camaraman was killed near Benghazi in an ambush on his car; CPJ reports the bullets used in the attack were "disintegrating frangible bullets...the same type that pro-Qadaffi forces have been using against civilians." On March 9, three BBC journalists were detained, tortured, and subjected to "mock executions" by the Libyan military. Some six Libyan journalists have gone missing in the last month.