4 New York Times journalists released by Libya

Turkey says it secured the release of the journalists who were captured by Libyan military last week

Published March 21, 2011 12:52PM (EDT)

Turkey says it has secured the release of four New York Times journalists who have been held by Libya.

A spokesman for the Turkish embassy in Washington, Rauf Denktas, says the journalists were handed over to the Turkish ambassador in Tripoli and were expected to cross the border to Tunisia Monday.

Libyan authorities say the journalists were captured during fighting in the eastern part of the country last week.

The journalists are reporter Anthony Shadid; photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario; and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell. In 2009, Farrell was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was rescued by British commandos. The New York Times confirmed the release

By Desmond Butler

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