Armed With Camera

As a veteran civil war news producer who has experienced the horror of dead journalists and colleagues, I understand this shock.

The shooting death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin highlights the dangers news reporters and producers deal with while covering worldwide conflicts.

A frontline chronicle of journalists covering conflicts recounts the harrowing exploits of the men and women armed with cameras who experience dangers in battle.

In an interview a month before her death, Shireen Abu Akleh spoke about 'sad' Jerusalem and how Palestinians were denied access to holy places in the city. Abu Akleh was allegedly fatally shot by Israeli forces while she was covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

The Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ calls for a swift, transparent investigation into the shooting death of Al-Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh while reporting on West Bank. https://cpj.org/2022/05/cpj-calls-for-swift-transparent-investigation-i…

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli military operation in West Bank https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/11/middleeast/al-jazeera-journalist-killed-…

Al-Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh was fatally shot while reporting in West Bank https://youtu.be/5dgRN_tLzAw 

The journalist in the office of #الجزيرة Ali Al-Samudi, who accompanied Shireen at the moment of her martyrdom: The area chosen for news coverage did not witness any confrontations or exchanges of fire. https://twitter.com/AJArabic/status/1524298269660225536?s=20&t=lFDFal6Q…

My colleagues, who I referenced were Dutch journalists: Koos Jacobus Andries Koster (9 January 1936 – 17 March 1982), producer. Jan Cornelius Kuiper (19 March 1942 – 17 March 1982), director. Johannes "Joop" Jan Willemsen (31 March 1937 – 17 March 1982), cameraman.

Salvadoran soldiers charged with the deaths of four Dutch reporters in 1982  https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/salvadoran-soldiers-charged-with…

On 15 October 1979, the Salvadoran Army overthrew the government of Carlos Humberto Romero in a coup d'état.

The military established the Revolutionary Government Junta which governed the country from 18 October 1979 until the democratization of El Salvador on 2 May 1982. During the junta's rule, Far-right paramilitaries and death squads operated in the country and terrorized the civilian population. The paramilitaries and death squads targeted rural peasants, journalists, and human rights workers, labeling them as guerrillas and co-combatants of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front