NPR professional photographer eliminated in Afghanistan

David Gilkey in a photo taken on May 29 by Michael M. Phillips of The Wall Street Journal.
2 members of an NPR news crew, David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed on Sunday while traveling in southern Afghanistan. “They were taking a trip with an Afghan army device when the convoy came under fire. Their vehicle was struck by shell fire,” according to a statement by NPR. Two other NPR crew members, correspondent Tom Bowman and manufacturer Monika Evstatieva, “remained in a following car,” NPR head of news Michael Oreskes informed CNN. “Tom and Monika were not harmed.” Sunday’s attack marks the very first time in the 46-year history of NPR that one of its reporters has actually been eliminated on project. Gilkey, 50, was an award-winning personnel professional photographer and video editor for NPR. In the 15 years given that the 9/11 attacks, he returned time and time once again to Afghanistan and other conflict zones. “David was profoundly dedicated to coverage of both Afghanistan and Iraq,” Oreskes stated. “He wished to know exactly what was taking place to individuals there. I believe that’s why he kept going back– because he wished to comprehend exactly what was occurring to the soldiers and civilians.” Tamanna was an Afghan freelance journalist hired by NPR to be a translator for its team of reporters. His Twitter profile also determined him as a freelancer with Anadolu News Agency. Zabihullah Tamanna (left) and David Gilkey (ideal) were killed on Sunday while taking a trip in southern Afghanistan. In a telephone interview, Oreskes noted that “the Afghan reporters have been the bravest of all,” documenting the ongoing conflict in the nation while foreign correspondents turn in and out. The NPR team had actually been on task in the nation for about 3 weeks. It was expected to be a month-long trip. The group had already submitted several stories, including a thorough report about an Afghan task force mission and a Memorial Day remembrance from Kandahar. Gilkey’s images were used on NPR’s online platforms and digital stories and slide shows. They were taking a trip near Marjah when the convoy was attacked on Sunday early morning Afghan time. There was no immediate details available on any injuries or deaths amongst the Afghan army unit. Gallery: David Gilkey’s images from the frontlines Gilkey and Tamanna’s deaths were not announced up until Sunday afternoon U.S. time since NPR officials informed family members first. NPR staff members reacted with shock when the news broke. NPR CEO Jarl Mohn stated in a statement, “Our hearts head out to his household, his pals and his associates out in the field.” “This is an inconceivable loss,” “All Things Considered” host Audie Cornish wrote on Twitter. “David Gilkey was one of our greatest journalists.” CNN Senior International Reporter Ivan Watson, who formerly worked with Gilkey at NPR, stated he was a “generous and patient mentor when it pertained to fight reporting.” “He was a master writer of all types and genres. Who else could pertain to a non-profit radio organization like NPR and carve out a niche for acclaimed photography?” Watson said. “Telling unknown stories is exactly what we do as radio reporters. David Gilkey revealed them to you in his pictures that might move you to tears,” “Early morning Edition” producer Emily Ochsenschlager composed. She also highlighted Tamanna’s contribution: “As someone who’s taken a trip for NPR, I can attest to the value of a translator. They are your rock, your ear.” Sultan Faizy, a freelance reporter and close friend of Tamanna, described him as “brave and committed to his profession.” “The only thing he was stressed over was his household,” Faizy stated. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 31 reporters and media workers have been eliminated in Afghanistan given that 9/11. The majority of the cases were confirmed to be work-related. The most current case, in December 2014, involved a suicide bombing in Kabul. Zubair Hatami, a local cameraman, was among the dead. “We have actually lost too many journalists to these wars. It’s incredibly harmful work. Yet it’s work that needs to go on,” Oreskes said. “And there’s no one who believed in that more than David.” In a statement on Sunday night, the Committee to Secure Reporters’ Asia program organizer Bob Dietz stated, “Even though much of the world’s attention has actually moved away, let no one doubt that Afghanistan continues to be an unsafe place for journalists– regional and foreign– working to cover that drawn-out dispute. We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Zabihullah Tamanna and David Gilkey. There are a lot of reporters who have offered their lives to tell the Afghan story.”– Masoud Popalzai contributed reporting.

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