Friday, April 22, 2011

Two photojournalists foreigners die after attacks by Gaddafi in Libya

New York .- The organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) today mourned the death of British filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington and his American colleague Chris Hondros in the Libyan town of Misrata, and called once again the regime of Muammar Gaddafi to stop attacks against civilians. Working in several countries at war in these two photojournalists can be found at this link as a posthumous tribute prepared by the New York Times.

"Human Rights Watch sent its condolences to the friends and relatives of both," dedicated their lives to documenting human rights abuses, especially in armed conflicts, "the organization said in a statement. HRW also emphasized his" consistently called the Libyan government to stop "illegal attacks against civilian-populated areas of Misrata" besieged city and the scene of fierce attacks by forces loyal to Qadhafi.

The organization explained that one of its photographers identified the victims in the Misrata Hikna hospital and recalled that Hetherington was also working closely with HRW. Hondros Hetherington and killed today in the Libyan city following a mortar attack explosion, and their bodies were taken to Benghazi, a stronghold of the rebels, the Organization International Migration (IOM).

Hetherington, 41, who produced the film "Restrepo", which was nominated for an Academy Award Film Hollywood, also worked as a photographer for Vanity Fair and was a veteran of other conflicts such as Afghanistan, conflict over which deals with this documentary. In 2007 he won the World Press Photo Award for news coverage that made the lives of American soldiers in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, a prize that amounted to three other previously received similar.

Hondros, 41, was a photographer for Getty Agency and became a finalist for the prestigious Pulitzer journalism prizes, and receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the Overseas Press Club for his work in Iraq. In addition to this conflict, Hondros covered the violent episodes of Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the occupied Palestinian territories and Liberia, and his works have also appeared and been on the cover of magazines like Newsweek and The Economist, as well as Newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

The association dedicated to the protection of human rights also gave details of two photographers who were injured in the attack: Guy Martin, who worked for the agency Panos, and Michael Brown, who was serving at Corbis. Both Misrata receive hospital care and the state of Martin's grave after emergency surgery.

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