The Guardian journalist being held in captivity by Libyan authorities has been freed, the newspaper has announced.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad was detained in the coastal town of Sabratha on 2 March and taken to a prison on the outskirts of Tripoli. The Brazilian journalist accompanying him, Andrei Netto, was released a week ago.
But the good news has come as the New York Times said four of its journalists were missing in Libya: Anthony Shadid, the paper’s Beirut bureau chief; two photographers, Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, who have worked extensively in the Middle East and Africa; and Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and rescued by British commandos.
The NYT has been unable to contact any of the four since Tuesday.
The paper’s executive editor, Bill Keller, 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.
“We are grateful to the Libyan government for their assurance that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed.”