Libya Releases Four Detained Times Journalists

Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (right in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far left), run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf March 11, 2011. Hicks and Addario, along with NYT correspondents Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid, are missing since falling behind the lines of Muammar Gaddafi's advancing forces two days ago, the NYT announced on Wednesday. Picture taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Conroy (LIBYA - Tags: CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST MEDIA IMAGES OF THE DAY) Photo: ? STR New / Reuters

Six days after four New York Times journalists were reported missing in Libya, the government has released them into the custody of diplomats from Turkey. On Friday in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, Seif al-Islam Qaddafi (son of Muammar) seemed to mention the four. "They entered the country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiya from the terrorists and they found her, they arrest her because, you know, foreigners in this place," he said, presumably referencing photographer Lynsey Addario, the only woman in the group. "But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that, she will be free tomorrow." Even though the United States joined allied forces in instituting a no-fly zone over Libya and attacking key Qaddafi military sites over the weekend, he remained good to his word. But even as the four Times journalists were released, word comes that two AFP reporters and a Getty Images photographer have gone missing.

Libya Releases 4 Times Journalists [NYT]