As many of you have likely heard, fellow journalist Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Misrata, Libya, while doing their jobs.
Tim, the respected, Oscar-nominated director of Restrepo, posted what appears to be his last tweet yesterday, which read “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, said the following:
We were saddened to learn of the death of film director and photographer Tim Hetherington while working in Misrata, and we are deeply concerned about the well being of other journalists who were wounded alongside him. 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. The Libyan government and all governments across the world must take steps to protect journalists doing this vital work. The United States will work to do everything possible to assist those who were injured in getting the care they need. Our thoughts are with these brave journalists and their loved ones.
While these words to little to console those who suffered a loss, it is true that Tim and Chris passed away while serving the American people in our need for information. As Mr. Carney indicated, journalists are people who give everyday citizens voices. They represent ordinary people with opinions, and they have opinions themselves.
True, conflict photography is a far cry from the familiar sailing waters of Annapolis, Md. Even though I don’t risk my life everyday, I still feel a bond with Tim and Chris, as fellow reporters who love what they do, so much that they are willing to risk their lives.
May they rest in peace.