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Photojournalist Tyler Hicks and three other journalists are missing in Libya

Tyler Hicks / New York Times file via Redux

This is one of Hicks’ photographs from the recent fighting in Libya. (Opposition fighters during a battle to push west of the town of Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 9, 2011. Forces loyal to the Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, repulsed a rebel push to the west and then counterattacked with airstrikes and increasingly accurate artillery fire on the strategic refinery town of Ras Lanuf, which the rebels held for several days.)

Tyler Hicks / New York Times file via Redux

A resident walks down the steps of the Great Mosque of Djenne, the largest mud-brick structure in the world, in Djenne, Mali, Nov. 22, 2010. Mali, must preserve the mud-brick buildings of the Great Mosque as a World Heritage site.

Tyler Hicks / New York Times file

US soldiers from the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry hike to a position at Combat Outpost Lowell, Oct. 15, 2008. The outpost, located in a valley surrounded by steep mountains, is situated in Nuristan Province near the border with Pakistan. The mission is to stabilize the area villages and prevent insurgent fighters from having free movement.

Tyler Hicks / New York Times file

People hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI gather on the periphery of the site of the World Trade Center in New York on Sunday, April 20, 2008. The pope offered private words of comfort to survivors who were injured and relatives of victims who were killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Reuters reports:
NEW YORK — Four journalists covering the fighting in Libya for the New York Times are missing, the newspaper said Wednesday.

The New York Times said the journalists, who included two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Shadid, were last in contact with their editors Tuesday morning from the town of Ajdabiya.

Also missing were Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and rescued by British commandos, and two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, the newspaper said.

"We have talked with officials of the Libyan government in Tripoli, and they tell us they are attempting to ascertain the whereabouts of our journalists," Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times , said in a statement.

He said the Libyan government had assured the Times that if the journalists have been captured, they would be released promptly and unharmed.

The New York Times Lens Blog also mentioned the missing journalists in this post.

Four journalists from the New York Times have apparently gone missing in Libya. Msnbc's Norah O'Donnell reports.