Two journalists killed in Libya; two others wounded


[Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET] Acclaimed photojournalist Chris Hondros has died of wounds he suffered in an incident in Libya that killed a second Western journalist and wounded two other journalists, Getty Images said Wednesday evening.

The other journalist who died was Tim Hetherington, an Oscar nominee for a gritty and harrowing documentary about the Afghan war, the president of the agency that represented him said Wednesday.

“The only thing we know is that he was hit by a [rocket propelled grenade] with the other guys,” CSPR agency president Cathy Saypol said about Hetherington.

Hetherington’s last Twitter entry appears to have been made on Tuesday: “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”


[Initial post, 1:30 p.m. ET] A Western journalist has been killed and another wounded in the Libyan city of Misrata, journalists in the city said on Wednesday.

CNN is not identifying them by name at this time because their families have not yet been notified. Cathy L. Saypol, president of the agency that represents the deceased photojournalist and the Panos Pictures photo agency who employed the victim, also confirmed the death. The circumstances of death and injury are not yet clear.

Before these casualties were reported, the Committee to Protect Journalists documented more than 80 attacks on the press in Libya since political unrest erupted. 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.”

The Times’ journalists are Beirut Bureau Chief Anthony Shadid, reporter Stephen Farrell, and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario. The team’s driver, identified by the Times as Mohamed Shaglouf, is unaccounted for,” CPJ said.


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