More sad news from Libya, I’m afraid. After the recent deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondoros, see earlier posts, it has been confirmed that photographer Anton Hammerl was shot in Libya on 5 April by pro-Gadaffi forces.
I first had news on the disappearance of Anton Hammerl via photographer Jodi Bieber while I was on holiday. Jodi helped raise awareness of his situation and made a plea for his release during her acceptance speech at the World Press Photo Awards in early May. Thanks for this email sent through from Africa Media Online.
The statement: “We have sad news. On Thursday we leant that Anton Hammerl, the South African photographer missing in Libya, was killed by pro-Gadaffi forces. On Thursday evening the journalists, who had been detained by the Libyan government at the time Anton disappeared, crossed the border into Tunisia following their release. They called Penny Sukhraj, Anton’s wife and told her the tragic news that Anton had been shot on 5 April 2011 by Gadaffi’s forces. Up to that point all indications from the Libyan government had been that Anton was in captivity.
“Penny had asked us to distribute the last images that Anton filed in an attempt to raise awareness of his captivity. The story was picked up extensively by the picture industry and has been covered by numerous online news sites. One of our partners in the USA, Newscom, sent us a blog post by Ryan Calder who spent a day with Anton in Libya 6 days before his disappearance. Our thoughts and prayers are with Penny and the family at this time.
To send a message of support to Penny and the family you can visit the Facebook page which was set up to raise awareness of his situation.