The Libyan government released the four New York Times journalists who were held for nearly a week by Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces, the newspaper reported today.
A spokesman for the Turkish embassy in Washington said the journalists were handed over to Tripoli's Turkish ambassador and were expected to cross the border to Tunisia on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The freed journalists are Anthony Shadid, the newspaper's Beirut bureau chief; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer; and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, all captured covering the clashes between Qaddafi’s forces and rebels in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, the Times reported.
Shortly after the journalists first lost contact with the newspaper and reports emerged that they were captured by government forces, Times Executive Editor Bill Keller said that family and colleagues of the four journalists were seeking more information about the journalists' whereabouts.
On Saturday, acting State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner issued a statement reminding media outlets that “no U.S. officials remain in Libya, and our ability to provide assistance to U.S. citizens or other employees of U.S.-based news organizations is severely limited.”