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    Default Restrespo Co-Director Killed Libya

    heres the CNN article

    Tim Hetherington, an esteemed photojournalist and an Oscar nominee for a gritty and harrowing documentary about the Afghan war, was killed in the war-torn Libyan city of Misrata, the president of the agency that represented him said Wednesday.

    Three other photographers were hurt in the incident that killed him, according to news reports. Panos Pictures, which employed Hetherington, confirmed that the photographer's family had been notified.

    "We're still trying to figure out front lines or house," said CSPR agency president Cathy Saypol in reference to where he was when killed. "The only thing we know is that he was hit by an RPG with the other guys." An RPG is a rocket-propelled grenade.

    A British native who was based in Brooklyn, New York, Hetherington received an Academy Award nomination this year for "Restrepo," a documentary film he co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger. He also worked in Afghanistan two years ago with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

    Vanity Fair magazine, where Hetherington was a contributing photographer, described him as "widely respected by his peers for his bravery and camaraderie." Its profile says he had dual U.S. and British citizenship.

    "We are saddened beyond words," Saypol told Vanity Fair.

    Read the Vanity Fair article

    Two photographers, Chris Hondros and Guy Martin, suffered severe wounds, according to The New York Times, which had a reporter in the hospital and spoke to a colleague at a triage center. CNN is working to independently verify the information.

    Hondros, an American working for the Getty photo agency, suffered a severe brain injury and was in extremely critical condition, according to the colleague, the newspaper reported. Martin, a British citizen working for the Panos photo agency, had shrapnel wounds and was undergoing vascular surgery Wednesday night, according to the same account.

    The fourth journalist, Michael Christopher Brown, suffered shrapnel injuries but his life was not in danger, according to the Times.

    Vanity Fair released a statement from Hetherington's family Wednesday.

    "It is with great sadness we learned that our son and brother, photographer and filmmaker Tim Hetherington, was killed today in Misrata, Libya, by a rocket-propelled grenade," the statement said. "Tim will be remembered for his amazing images and his Academy Award-nominated documentary 'Restrepo.'

    "Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed."

    The office of the White House press secretary expressed sadness and concern about the safety of journalists in the country. "The Libyan government and all governments across the world must take steps to protect journalists doing this vital work," it said in a statement.

    Hetherington spent eight years in West Africa and had reported on social and political issues worldwide, most notably the Liberian conflict.

    He gained wide fame for "Restrepo," which chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, according to the film's website.

    Before these casualties were reported, the CPJ had documented more than 80 attacks on the press since political unrest erupted in Libya. Its website has a running list of attacks on media people since February 16.

    "They include two fatalities, a gunshot injury, 49 detentions, 11 assaults, two attacks on news facilities, the jamming of Al-Jazeera and Al-Hurra transmissions, at least four instances of obstruction, the expulsion of two international journalists, and the interruption of Internet service. At least six local journalists are missing amid speculation they are in the custody of security forces. One international journalist and two media support workers are also unaccounted for," CPJ said.

    In one well-publicized incident, four New York Times journalists were abducted and freed last month. They described "beatings and abuse while in captivity."

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    really sad
    R.I.P. Tim!


    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...ry?id=13418813


    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/04...-killed-libya/

    other sources said it was a mortar attack

    A survivor of the attack on the journalists said they were on the front line on Tripoli Street. It was relatively quiet. They had decided to withdraw and it was when they were pulling back that they came under fire.
    It appears to have been a direct hit on the group. Tim Hetherington lost his life.
    He had gone back and forth several times to Afghanistan making a documentary, so he knew about the dangers of working on front lines. Last night on his own Twitter feed he had posted a statement: "In Misrata, indiscriminate shelling, no sign of Nato."
    His family said he would be forever missed, remembered for his amazing images and his documentaries.
    They said he had been in Libya to show humanitarian suffering in times of conflict.
    British-born Tim Hetherington was killed by a round of mortar fire on Tripoli Street, the main thoroughfare and focus of the fighting in Misrata, the only rebel-held city in western Libya. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.

    News reports say two photographers - Chris Hondros and Guy Martin - were gravely wounded in the blast. Their prospects for survival are unclear. A third photographer, Michael Brown, suffered light injuries.

    Hondros, an American working for Getty Images, suffered a severe brain injury and is in critical condition on a respirator. Martin, a British citizen who works for the Panos photo agency, underwent surgery for shrapnel wounds.

    The acclaimed 41-year-old Hetherington co-directed the 2010 documentary Restrepo, about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan.

    Hondros, also 41, has covered conflict zones since the late 1990s, including Kosovo, Angola, Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards include the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the highest prizes in war photography. His work in Liberia earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says two other journalists have been killed in the Libyan conflict.

    An unknown gunman killed Mohammed al-Nabbous, founder of the online Libya Al-Hurra TV, as he was streaming live audio from a battle in Benghazi on March 19. Cameraman Ali Hassan al-Jaber was shot when his al-Jazeera television crew was ambushed near Benghazi earlier in March.

    CPJ says three international media workers and at least six Libyan journalists are missing and suspected to be held by pro-Gadhafi forces.
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    mortor or rpg still tragic

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    RIP sir and thank you for your bravery in capturing images of war that most would never know but for your efforts.

    I hate making a point on top of this mans remembrance yet it seems appropriate. These middle eastern countries are not showing themselves as worthy of international respect and equality with the civilized nations of the world.

    Egypt unrest had reporters raped attacked and beaten.
    Libya unrest has reporters attacked killed beaten.
    Syria unrest has had innocence attacked killed and beaten.

    Of course we all know about the beheadings and murders of journalist in Iraq and A-stan.

    So I respect these non military journalist that know they are risking their lives but at the same time they have documented and proven that these countries are not worthy of equality and international respects.

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