Friday, April 22, 2011

A Western journalist killed and three wounded in Misrata

Washington. .- The British filmmaker and photographer Tim Hetherington, who produced the film "Restrepo", died today in the Libyan town of Misrata, besieged by the forces of Muammar Qadhafi, and three other journalists were wounded, U.S. media reported today. The New York Times and ABC television cited as the source of his information, stories from other journalists who accompanied Hetherington in the conflict zone.

Hetherington also worked as a photographer for Vanity Fair and was a veteran of other conflicts such as Afghanistan. On the website of the magazine today remember their courage and great camaraderie. Photographer Chris Hondros and Guy Martin were seriously injured, according to a colleague at the medical center where they received emergency treatment, the Times said.

Hondros is an American journalist who works for the Getty photo agency and suffered a severe brain injury that left him in "critical condition" according to the Times. Martin is an Englishman who works for photo agency Panos and sustained injuries that required vascular surgery. The fourth photographer Michael Christopher Brown, was wounded but apparently not life threatening, it said.

Misrata is under siege after seven weeks on the ground by military forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

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