Wednesday's violence in Egypt continues and there are reports that the dead include at least two reporters. Veteran Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, 61, was shot and killed today as he covered the violence. Mick was married with two sons and had worked for Sky News for 15 years but had a long career in journalism.
Colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Deane. Roddy Mansfield @roddymansfield tweeting "Our colleague, Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, was shot and killed in Egypt this morning." John Ryley, head of Sky News said Mick was an "experienced journalist" and "much-loved colleague". UK PM David Cameron weighted in from his official twitter account tweeting David Cameron ✔ @David_Cameron I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and @SkyNews team.
A reporter from XPress, not on duty but home on leave, was also killed. XPress, is a UAE publication and tweeted that one of its journalists, Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, had been shot dead.
Other news reporters have also faced problems today. The Huffington Post reports Mike Giglio, a reporter for the Daily Beast, tweeted that he had been detained and beaten by security forces: Mike Giglio @mike_giglio "I'm fine and thanks to all for the concern. Was arrested, beaten by security forces at Rabaa and then held at a local arena. Just out now."
Other injuries have been sustained by journalists and many tweets have kept people informed. Halim حليم @HaleemElsharani Reuters photojournalist Asmaa Waguih is being moved to the international medical center after she was shot in the leg." Her injuries are confirmed.
The number of dead and injured in Egypt is unconfirmed. Although some reports are hugely exaggerated many have been killed and injured. Police and the military heavy handedly cleared protesters in Cairo. There are reports that marksmen on top of buildings and in helicopters took aim at the crowds and shot indiscriminately.
Journalists are often the thick of news as it happens and often work in a dangerous environment. We often forget the price that they pay from time to time, to keep the rest of us informed. Mick Deane may have died doing a job that he loved but it is still a sad loss.
Source: Huffington Post