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IN MEMORIUM, Russian Newsweek Photographer Killed in Iraq!

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2007) – WpN photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev died Sunday in Iraq, killed along with the six American Task Force Lightning soldiers he was riding with when they were struck by a roadside bomb while on patrol northeast of Baghdad, his agency said today. The Associated Press says two other American soldiers were wounded in the attack. Source is National Press Photographers Association




Source is Photoshelter

This is a sad event to have anyone so young die so suddenly, being exploded out of this world! I hope he didn't suffer.

"He took the camera, he liked it, he made real progress," said Kolesnikova, a 28-year-old photographer for the French news agency, Agence France-Presse, in Moscow. "By age 29, after just 4 years, he became a role model for many of his colleagues." His friend, Sergey Ponomarev.

NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2007) – WpN photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev died Sunday in Iraq, killed along with the six American Task Force Lightning soldiers he was riding with when they were struck by a roadside bomb while on patrol northeast of Baghdad, his agency said today. The Associated Press says two other American soldiers were wounded in the attack.

You can make a donation to his memorial fund here

Asher
 
Jounalists killed in Iraq to date :106

• 2007: 13
• 2006: 32
• 2005: 23
• 2004: 24
• 2003: 14

• Iraqi: 84
• European: 12
• Other Arab countries: 3
• United States: 2
• All other countries: 5

By Gender:
• Men: 96
• Women: 10

By Circumstance:
• Murder: 69
• Crossfire or other acts of war: 37

By Job:
• Photojournalists: 27 (Includes still photographers and camera operators.)
• Reporters and editors: 65
• Producers: 7
• Technicians: 7

By Location:
• Anbar province (Fallujah, Ramadi): 6
• Nineveh province (Mosul): 16
• Baghdad province: 61
• Maysan province: 1
• Saleheddin province (Samara): 4
• Basrah province: 3
• Diyala province (Baqubah): 4
• Arbil province: 6
• Karbala province: 1
• Najaf province: 1
• Sulaymaniya province: 1
• At-Tamim province (Kirkuk): 1
• Unclear: 1

By embedded status:
• Embedded: 7
• Non-Embedded or “unilateral”: 99

Type of news organization:
• Working for international news organization: 45
• Working for Iraqi news organization: 61

Highest death tolls among news organization:
• Iraq Media Network (includes Al-Iraqiya, its affiliates, and Sabah newspaper): 13
• Al-Arabiya: 6
• Al-Shaabiya: 5
• Baghdad TV: 5
• Reuters: 4
• Kurdistan TV 4

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Founded in 1981, CPJ has kept detailed data on journalists killed on duty as part of its mission of defending press freedom worldwide. Here is a tally of several major conflicts, as compiled by CPJ staff.

Journalists killed in conflicts:

• Algeria (1993-96): 58
• Colombia (1986-present): 54
• Balkans (1991-95): 36
• Philippines (1983-87): 36
• Turkey (1984-99): 22
• Tajikistan (1992-96): 16
• Sierra Leone (1997-2000): 15
• Afghanistan (2001-04): 9
• Somalia (1993-95): 9
• Kosovo (1999-2001): 7
• First Iraq war (1991): 4 (All were killed after the official end of the war but died in the conflict in the immediate aftermath.)

Deadliest year in these wars: 1995 in Algeria, when 24 journalists were killed.

MEDIA SUPPORT WORKERS KILLED ON DUTY: 39

The war in Iraq illustrates the dangers faced by people who work with journalists in supporting roles—as drivers, interpreters, fixers and guards. Here is a statistical look at media support workers killed in Iraq since the start of the conflict in March 2003. The analysis is followed by capsule reports detailing each death.

JOURNALISTS KIDNAPPED: 48

Kidnappings of journalists began to surge in 2004, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Here is a statistical look at journalists abducted by armed groups in Iraq and held for periods ranging from several hours to many weeks. The analysis is followed by capsule reports detailing each abduction. This research does not include numerous journalists who have been held briefly.

SOURCE: CPJ
 
Asher was asking me whether I knew about newsmen killed to date, while I could not find this info quickly, since the first russian journalist was killed this happened:

May 6 - Russian freelance photographer Dmitry Chebotayev is killed in a roadside bomb attack north of Baghdad. He is the first Russian journalist to be killed in Iraq.

May 9 - Two Iraqi journalists, a clerk for their media firm and their driver are dragged from their car and killed by gunmen southwest of Kirkuk near the small town of Rashad.

May 17 - Two ABC journalists, cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz and soundman Saif Laith Yousuf, are killed in Baghdad. They were returning from the Baghdad bureau when their car was attacked.

May 21 - Militants kidnap and kill Ali Khalil from the Azzaman newspaper.

May 28 - Abdul Rahman al-Isawi, a reporter for the independent National Iraqi News Agency (NINA), is taken from his village of Amiriyat al-Falluja, west of Baghdad.

-- Gunmen kill Mahmoud Hakim Mustafa, editor-in-chief of Hawadith weekly newspaper, near his home in Kirkuk.

May 30 - Nazar Abdul Wahid al-Rahdi, a reporter for the Aswat al-Iraq news agency and New Sabah newspaper, is shot dead in Amara, 365 km (230 miles) south of Baghdad.

May 31 - Saif M. Fakhry is shot and killed near his home in Baghdad. He was an Iraqi cameraman working for the Associated Press (AP), the fifth AP employee to die violently in Iraq.

June 7 - Sahar al-Haideri, a female journalist working with the independent Aswat al-Iraq news agency, is shot dead in the al-Hadbaa neighbourhood of northeastern Mosul.

SOURCE: REUTERS
 
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