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Two Photojournalists Killed in Libya

Chris Hondros  Photo: Getty Images

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.

Lynsey Addario Talks About “Selfish” Job to NPR

Photo: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario was on NPR’s “Morning Edition” today talking about her recent time in captivity in Libya. I was surprised at how giddy and upbeat she was in recounting her ordeal, but maybe that’s her way of coping. Or maybe a capture of that nature really isn’t a big deal to war correspondents. But their Libyan driver has not been seen or heard from since that day and he may well have been killed, so while it may be routine for the journalists, it had some pretty awful consequences for someone else.

When host Renee Montagne asked Addario if she would be taking a break now, she replied yes, but it was clear that break meant something like weeks, not long-term. She said: “It’s a selfish profession. Unfortunately I’m very committed to what I do. This is what I’ve done for 15 years. I believe very strongly that the world needs to see what’s happening.”

Source: NPR

NYT Journalists Recount Captivity In Libya

If you haven’t read it already, the four New York Times journalists, Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell and Tyler Hicks, who were abducted in Libya, held for six days and released yesterday, have written an account of their time in captivity. The piece recounts their at times brutal treatment at the hands of Col. Qaddafi’s loyalist forces.

A half-hour later, we arrived on what we thought were the outskirts of the other side of Ajdabiya. A man whom soldiers called the sheik questioned us, then began taunting Tyler. “You have a beautiful head,” he told Tyler in a mix of English and Arabic. “I’m going to remove it and put it on mine. I’m going to cut it off.” Tyler, feeling queasy, asked to sit down.

Sadly, they believe their driver, Mohammed, died as a result of their capture.

If he died, we will have to bear the burden for the rest of our lives that an innocent man died because of us, because of wrong choices that we made, for an article that was never worth dying for.

It does make you think of the cost involved in covering stories like this and if it’s worth it. All four journalists said they’d had scary run-ins or close calls before. Despite the whole maybe-my-nine-lives-are-running-out thing, I’m willing to bet this will not deter them from covering future conflicts, though.

Source: New York Times

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