Two prominent journalists were killed covering fighting in Misrata, Libya yesterday, a sad reminder about how dangerous a job it is.
According to Framework:
The men were on the front lines covering fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi when an explosion occurred. The blast was believed to have been caused by a mortar round, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
Getty photographer Chris Hondros, 41, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has covered most of the world’s major conflicts since the 1990s. The Washington Post has this slideshow of Hondras’ work. Bobby Ghosh at Time’s Global Spin blog wrote a nice post about him, and Framework has some great reactions from friends and colleagues. The day before his death, one of his photos ran on the front page of the LA Times.
On assignment for Vanity Fair at the time of his death, Tim Hetherington, 41, was just nominated for an Oscar, with Sebastian Junger, for their film Restrepo. His last documentary short called Diary, a personal reflection on his work and career, can be seen here. The New Yorker has a piece reflecting on his work here.
The Guardian has a video of reaction from a doctor, colleague and a Libyan official here.
Panos’ Guy Martin and Corbis’ Michael Christopher Brown were also injured in the attack but appear to be in stable condition.