The newspaper put out a release from its New York headquarters saying that editors last heard from the journalists on Tuesday as they were reporting on the flight of rebels from the town of Ajdabiya.
Executive editor Bill Keller says the newspaper has spoken with Libyan officials who said they are trying to locate the whereabouts of the journalists. Keller said the newspaper is grateful to the Libyan government for its assurance "that if our journalists were captured they would be released promptly and unharmed."
The missing journalists are Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid, the newspaper's Beirut bureau chief; Stephen Farrell, a reporter and videographer; and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario. In 2009, Farrell was kidnapped by the Taliban and later rescued by British commandos.
"Their families and their colleagues at The Times are anxiously seeking information about their situation, and praying that they are safe," Keller said.