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COM alumnus and Times journalist held in Libya

COM alumnus Tyler Hicks (’92) was one of four The New York Times journalists held captive for six days by the Libyan government, a period during which the photojournalist faced brutal conditions and was threatened with decapitation. He and the other kidnapped journalists – Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell and Anthony Shadid – wrote about their harrowing experience in the Times:

All of us had had close calls over the years. Lynsey was kidnapped in Falluja, Iraq, in 2004; Steve in Afghanistan in 2009. Tyler had more scrapes than he could count, from Chechnya to Sudan, and Anthony was shot in the back in 2002 by a man he believed to be an Israeli soldier. At that moment, though, none of us thought we were going to live. Steve tried to keep eye contact until they pulled the trigger. The rest of us felt the powerlessness of resignation. You feel empty when you know that it’s almost over.

“Shoot them,” a tall soldier said calmly in Arabic.

A colleague next to him shook his head. “You can’t,” he insisted. “They’re Americans.”

Read the rest of their story in the Times.

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