Journalists held in Syria

October 9, 2008

The two journalists who were reported missing in Lebanon yesterday are reportedly being held by Syrian Immigration authorities according to Al-Jazeera,

Two Americans reported missing by the U.S. embassy in Lebanon are being held in Syria for entering the neighboring country without visas, Arab media reported on Thursday. Doha-based Al Jazeera television said Holli Chmela, 27, and Taylor Luck, 23, were in good health. Lebanese station LBC carried a similar report. Officials at the U.S. embassies in Damascus and Beirut said they could not immediately confirm the reports. link

Taylor Luck, who works for the Jordan Times and Holli Chmela, who had recently finished an internship with the New York Times, arrived for a holiday in Lebanon on September 29. They disappeared on October 1. They planned to go to Syria and back to Amman in Jordan on October 4.
UPDATE: October 10 – both journalists have been released.