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Tim Hetherington, photojournalist and 'Restrepo' Oscar nominee, killed in Libya

April 20, 2011 | 11:24 am

Junger hetherington Tim Hetherington, an award-winning British photojournalist who teamed with author Sebastian Junger to direct the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo" about a U.S. armed forces unit in Afghanistan, was killed in an explosion Wednesday in the Libyan city of Misurata, doctors and colleagues reported.

At least three other photojournalists were injured in the blast, which was believed to have been caused by a mortar round. The rebel-held western city has been under attack for several weeks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

The wounded journalists included Chris Hondros of Getty Images and Michael Brown of the Corvis agency. Hondros' work appeared on the front page of Wednesday's edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Two of Hetherington's apparent tweets illustrate the sharp contrasts in his life in recent months. On Feb. 27 he reported, “At the #Oscars w/ Josh Fox of @gaslandmovie and director of Wasteland http://ow.ly/i/8Dl6"

Then Tuesday, April 19, he sent out this: "In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."


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 -- Reed Johnson and Nicole Sperling, and Ned Parker in  Misurata, Libya

Photo: Sebastian Junger, left, and Tim Hetherington at a special screening of "Restrepo" at the Paley Center for Media on Feb. 10, 2011, in New York City. Credit:  Eugene Gologursky / Getty Images

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Does it mean he was killed by Qadhafi ? Seems somehow strange and eerie.

Wow, so sad, god bless him. But, It would be nice if the poor Libyan people who are being exterminated could get as much coverage as this journalist guy that died did, gheez? These reporters go into these danger areas in search of the big story, of death and destruction. I went to several sites on the situation in Libya, and there were over 50 straight articles about this 1 journalist guy dying? and Nothing about the hundreds of innocent people dying in Misurata?? Sorry but I do Not have much respect for the media, and you probably wont print My honesty here. You media people are causing deaths as usual in this conflict in Libya. The media sticks its nose where it doesnt belong and they cause civilians to die, cause they will expose and print secret tactics military people are using, usually against our own allies! Like just today, the media told Ghadaffi and every one else about the rebels planting mines to try to protect themselves from Ghadaffis better weapons, and the media writes a story about the rebels not only laying the mines, but where they are laying them, with a flippin video, of them doing it ??????????????????? Sorry, but it is obvious the media enjoys, and gets off on death and destruction, and they will take a hand in making it happen, whenever the situation presents itself, for a frikkin Story. I dont know how you media people sleep at night, you are all as bad as the terrorist's!!! The media has NO Business in war affairs, as they cannot keep quiet on important tactical matters, they will print it for all to see, in order to create death and destruction, for a story!!! Just like the song written by Don Henley called " Dirty Laundry" it so applies to you people!!!

This is says that Libya is not safe at this time foreigners who are living Libya now they have to leave that country unless they cant live safely because now Libya has no leadership the other countries have to try to discuss with the Libyan government and opposition leaders to bring them for peace talks.


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