"Restrepo" director Tim Hetherington, Pulitzer-nominated photog Chris Hondros killed in Libya

Oscar-nominated documetary filmmaker and photojournalist Tim Hetherington (Restrepo) has been killed in Libya and photographer Chris Hondros has been "gravely injured." Photographer André Liohn broke the news on Facebook, posting from the hospital that "Tim Hetherington died in Misrata now when covering the front line. Chris Hondros is in a serious status. Michel Brown and Guy are wounded but fine." It's not clear yet who "Guy" is. The mainstream media, including AP and AFP, have confirmed the news.

Update: Early reports incorrectly stated Hondros died; he survived but "suffered a severe brain injury," is in "extremely critical condition" and remains in a coma. Guy Martin, who shoots for Panos, is also listed as injured in "serious" condition. A fourth photographer, Michael Christopher Brown, was injured by shrapnel but is in good condition. I've modified this post to be more accurate.

Update 04.21.11: "Mr. Hondros suffered an extensive loss of brain tissue and was revived twice before being triaged from care. He spent several hours in a coma and died after 10 p.m., Mr. Liohn said." Here's a look at his arresting work from LIbya.

Hetherington, the British filmmaker, most recently created the Afghanistan war documentary Restrepo with writer Sebastian Junger. Hondros has won many awards for his work, but, perhaps most notably, his Liberia series was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004.

Tim Hetherington's last tweet, above, offers a chilling reminder of the situation, forgotten by many stateside, of the continuing conflict in Libya. According to Reporters without Borders, 16 other journalists have been killed this year so far, including two in Libya: Mohamed Al-Nabbous of Libya Al-Hurra and Al-Jazeera's Ali Hassan Al Jaber.

1 comment:

prasad said...

These murders says presents situation in Libya so foreigners have to plea their countries immediately to save their lives neighbouring countries of Libya also think how this problem will solved? all the countries have to pressure on UNO to end this problem as immediately as possible with this they can save so many lives.