Irish journalist missing in Libya
FOUR 'New York Times' journalists covering the fighting in Libya including Stephen Farrell (pictured), who holds joint Irish and British citizenship, have been reported missing, writes Brendan Farrelly.
The missing journalists are Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid; the newspaper's Beirut bureau chief; Mr Farrell, a reporter and videographer; and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin said they had not been officially informed about his disappearance but they were aware of it.
In September 2009, Mr Farrell and Sultan Munadi, an Afghan journalist, were taken hostage by the Taliban. Mr Munadi and a British commando died in the raid in which Mr Farrell was rescued. Mr Farrell was also abducted at gunpoint in Iraq in April 2004.
The newspaper held out hope that the journalists were alive and in the custody of the Libyan government.
Editors last heard from the journalists on Tuesday as they were covering the retreat of rebels from the town of Ajdabiya, and Libyan officials told the newspaper they were trying to locate the four, executive editor Bill Keller said.
Mr Farrell was born in England to an Irish family.