Thursday, April 21, 2011

RIP, Hetherington & Hondros

A Life, Death of Service

“In light of the tragic news that photographer and film maker Tim Hetherington [and colleague Chris Hondros] were killed today by government shelling in Libya . . . , two suggestions:

“Give an extra thought to members of the much-reviled ‘mainstream media’ who expose themselves to danger and inconvenience to help us understand the world. They are no longer our only ways of gathering such understanding, but they play an indispensable part. Please spare a thought as well for Atlantic reporter Clare Morgana Gillis, captured with several colleagues more than two weeks ago in Libya and still held there.

“Please be sure to see Tim Hetherington’s powerful documentary movie (with Sebastian Junger), Restrepo. . . . To get a further idea of what Hetherington’s work in ‘documenting conflict’ around the world has involved, you can watch this video of his interactions a few years ago with students at a school for the blind in Sierra Leone. Of course, the children had mainly been blinded intentionally by the notorious Revolutionary United Force that had terrorized the country.”

—James Fallows, national correspondent, “To Honor Tim Hetherington,” The Atlantic,
April 20, 2011 See also Hetherington in Sierra Leone.
Image: Film makers Sebastian Junger and Tim Etherington (right)
at Outpost Restrepo in Afghanistan, 2007/National Geographic URL

Editorial Comment: RIP

Committee to Protect Journalists: The deaths of Hetherington and Hondros brings to four the number of journalist deaths since the start of the Libya conflict, plus “more than 80 attacks on the press—fatalities, numerous injuries, 49 detentions, 11 assaults, two attacks on news facilities, the jamming of two international television 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.”
Christian Science Monitor: Dan Murphy, “The Risks Journalists Take,” April 21, 2011.
Tim Hetherington’s last video diary (2010): Hetherington described it as “a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.”

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1 comment:

  1. This is ridiculous this shows that now the situation in Libya i think these incidents will continue until Libyan government fell down international community should think on Libya how to solve this problem and surrounding countries of Libya have to try to solve this problem mainly the government immediately resign and put elections.