Kerry mourns death of NPR photographer in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday mourned the death of National Public Radio (NPR) photographer, David Gilkey, and his colleague Zabihulla Tamanna, who were part of a crew reporting on Afghan forces in the southern part of the country.
“This attack is a grim reminder of the danger that continues to face the Afghan people, the dedication of Afghan national defense and security forces to securing their country, and of the courage of intrepid journalists -- and their interpreters -- who are trying to convey that important story to the rest of the world,” he said.
David Gilkey certainly never shied away from conveying those stories, whether there in Afghanistan or Somalia, Haiti, Gaza, Iraq and dozens of other places around the world, Kerry said adding that he was more than a gifted photographer.
He was a gifted storyteller, who understood the power of imagery to enhancing the power of understanding. He was be sorely missed, Kerry said. “Teresa and I send our thoughts and prayers for these courageous individuals to their colleagues, friends and families,” Kerry said.
The Committee to Protect Journalists also mourned the death of Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna and American photographer David Gilkey. The two were traveling with an Afghan army unit near Marjah, in Helmand province, when the convoy came under attack.
“Even though much of the world's attention has shifted away, let no one doubt that Afghanistan remains a dangerous place for journalists -- local and foreign -- working to cover that protracted conflict," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator.
"We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Zabihullah Tamanna and David Gilkey. There are too many journalists who have given their lives to tell the Afghan story," he said.
Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) expressed condolence over the death of two experienced and hardworking journalists and considered it a great loss for the journalists, media community and the notion of freedom of expression in Afghanistan.
AJSC calls on all sides of the conflict to make journalists safety, as the impartial group their utmost priority, because journalists risk their lives to share the stories and realities to the world.
AJSC also asks journalists and the media community to think of their personal safety more than anything else, because no report is more important than the life of a journalist.
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