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Oscar-Nominated ‘Restrepo’ Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya

Oscar-Nominated 'Restrepo' Director Tim Hetherington Killed In Libya

Tragic news today as reports are surfacing that Tim Hetherington, photographer and Oscar nominated co-director of “Restrepo,” has been killed in Libya.

Business Insider picked up on a Facebook post by fellow photographer Andre Liohn, who first revealed the sad news. Hetherington was in Libya with photographer Chris Hondros — who has also died — covering the fighting in Misrata. Yesterday, Hetherington had tweeted, “In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO.”

Before he made a step into filmmaking, Hetherington made war and political conflict a regular focus of his photojournalism work. In fact, in 2006 he worked briefly for the United Nations Security Council’s Liberia Sanctions Committee. In 2007, he won the World Press competition for his harrowing photograph of an American solider covering his face after a battle in Afghanistan.

Hetherington was a brave and sympathetic voice who developed his work and stories by getting right to the front lines. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

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