Award-Winning Photojournalists Killed in Libya

Morter attacks on Misrata, the rebel stronghold in Libya, claimed at least 15 lives yesterday, the majority of them civilians. As previously reported, Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated co-director of Afghanistan doc Restrepo was among them. Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros also died late yesterday after struggling from his wounds.

President Obama honored the photographers during a speech yesterday. Yahoo:

US President Barack Obama's chief spokesman, Jay Carney, said he was "saddened" to learn Hetherington had been killed and "deeply concerned" about three other journalists wounded in the same attack.

"Journalists across the globe risk their lives each day to keep us informed, demand accountability from world leaders, and give a voice to those who would not otherwise be heard," Carney said in a statement.

"The Libyan government and all governments across the world must take steps to protect journalists doing this vital work," he added as Obama made a campaign-style appearance at the home of social media titan Facebook.

Last year, Rachel Maddow interviewed Hetherington and co-director Sebastian Junger on her show.


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AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 21, 2011, 4:38am

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