Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Restrepo" Co-Director Reportedly Killed in Libya

The news was first reported by Business Insider, but has now been picked up by Huffington Post (article below) and confirmed by the Associated Press:

Two highly acclaimed photojournalists have been killed in Libya, it was reported Wednesday.
Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and photographer, and Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist, were reported to have been killed in the city of Misrata while covering fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and Libyan rebels. Andre Liohn, a fellow photographer who was injured during the same battle, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that the two had died "when covering the front line." Liohn initially said that Hetherington had died, but soon wrote on his wall, "Chris Hondros died now."
Further details are sketchy. It is not clear what exactly happened, or how the two men died.
Hetherington was a contributing photographer for Vanity Fair, and co-directed the Afghan war film "Restrepo" with author Sebastian Junger. Hondros' war photography has appeared in countless publications, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer in 2004.
The war in Libya has been intensely dangerous for journalists. The deaths of Hetherington and Hondros bring the number of journalists killed to at least three.

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