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NY Times: Journalists abused, threatened in Libya

The New York Times says Libyan soldiers physically abused its team of journalists and threatened to kill them during the six days they were held in captivity.
Oklahoman Published: March 22, 2011
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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Libyan soldiers physically abused its team of journalists and threatened to kill them during the six days they were held in captivity.

Libya released the four journalists on Monday. Turkey helped negotiate their release.

The journalists say they were captured when they mistakenly drove into a checkpoint manned by Libyan forces. Their driver is still missing.

The soldiers tied them up with wire, an electrical cord, a scarf and shoelaces.

Photographer Lynsey Addario says soldiers punched her in the face and groped her. One soldier stroked her head and told her she was going to die.

The Times says soldiers threatened to decapitate photographer Tyler Hicks. Hicks says they temporarily put handcuffs on reporter Anthony Shadid so tightly that he lost feeling in his hands.


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