Friday, 22 April 2011

Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington in Memoriam

On wednesday 20th April the devastating news that two of the world's leading photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros had been killed in Misrata came out via Twitter and other social media networks, before finally making it to the mainstream news later in the evening. They were returning to relative safety from the frontline of Tripoli street in the besieged city of Misrata with a number of other photographers when they were both mortally wounded by shrapnel from either an exploding mortar or RPG round. Two other photographers Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown were also injured in the attack, Martin seriously. The news has hit the journalism community hard with many of my colleagues including myself, struggling to come to terms with their deaths, and my thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with their families and partners.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Covering the conflict in Libya

I recently returned from an assignment covering the war in Libya, which was a dramatic change from recent years where I have only had the chance to cover conflicts “embedded” with the western military in Afghanistan and Iraq.