The fate of three journalists covering the Iraq war remained a mystery today following their disappearance in Baghdad.
Newsday United Nations bureau chief Matt McAllester and photographer Moises Saman were last in contact Monday afternoon when they sent an e-mail saying they would be filing material.
"A lot of time has gone by now and we have not heard from them," Newsday Editor Anthony Marro said today. "We don't know where they are, we don't know who they're with and we don't know, if in fact they've left Baghdad, where they're headed for."
Freelance photojournalist Molly Bingham, one of vice president Al Gore's photographers during the Clinton administration, also was considered unaccounted for, said Joel Simon, acting director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
Simon said he believed Bingham -- the daughter of Barry Bingham Jr., the former publisher of the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. -- might have been expelled with the Newsday journalists.
Marro and Simon said they had been told that Iraqi officials had ordered the expulsion of journalists who couldn't provide correct visa and media credentials. "What we're asking for is if the Iraqis have them . . . they should account for them," Simon said. "At the very least, they should be permitted to communicate with their editors and assure everyone they're okay."