Today, in Misrata, Libya, two photographers were killed and two other were wounded. This should remind us how these men and women put their life at risk to bring us images of what is happening around the world, to show us how people fight for their freedom or for other’s. They’ll be missed and may they not be forgotten.
British-born Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary â€œRestrepoâ€ about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, said his U.S.-based publicist, Johanna Ramos Boyer. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops.
Hetherington tweeted Tuesday: â€œIn besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.â€
Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer for Getty Images, was seriously injured and was on a respirator at Hikma Hospital. Doctors told The Associated Press that his condition was critical.
The two other photographers â€“ Guy Martin, a Briton working affiliated with the Panos photo agency, and Michael Christopher Brown â€“ were treated for shrapnel wounds, doctors said.
BENGHAZI, Libya â€” Tim Hetherington, a conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the Afghan war documentary â€œRestrepo,â€ was killed in the besieged city of Misurata, Libya, on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded, one fatally, when they came under fire at the cityâ€™s front lines.
Chris Hondros of the Getty Images photo agency died later of devastating brain trauma.