The White House is urging the Libyan government to refrain from harassing or using violence against journalists, amid reports that four New York Times journalists are missing there.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the White House is aware of those reports, but he did not offer any update on the situation. He says the U.S. is firm in its belief that journalists should be protected and allowed to do their work.
The newspaper says the missing journalists are reporters Anthony Shadid and Stephen Farrell, and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario. The Times says Farrell was previously kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and rescued by British commandos.
The Times says editors at the paper last had contact with the journalists Tuesday morning.