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Photographer Anton Hammerl probably killed in Libya

The latest information on photographer Anton Hammerl, who disappeared in early April in Libya, is bleak. “A statement on Facebook attributed to Mr. Hammerl’s family said they learned Thursday that he had in fact been killed April 5 by the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi”, according to lens.blogs.nytimes.com. The Facebook page states: “On 5 April 2011 Anton was shot by Gaddafi’s forces in an extremely remote location in the Libyan desert. According to eyewitnesses, his injuries were such that he could not have survived without medical attention (…) It is intolerably cruel that Gaddafi loyalists have known Anton’s fate all along and chose to cover it up.”

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Photographer Anton Hammerl missing in Libya since April 5.

Anton Hammerl

Last night, during the World Press Photo Awards Ceremony, tribute was paid to wonderful and well-known photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who were killed in action in Libya on April 20. In her acceptance speech (of the WPP 2011 Award), Jodi Bieber asked the photographic community for support for another photographer, Anton Hammerl, who was seized by Libyan militia near the city of Brega on April 5 and has not been heard of since. Reuters: “Both the South African and Austrian governments ‘received simultaneous confirmation’ that the photographer, who holds dual SA-Austrian nationality, was alive. Austrian foreign ministry spokesperson Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal said they had two independent sources tell them he was alive and well.”

Jodi urges us to write about him, as a means to keep up the pressure for information on Anton’s whereabouts: “By writing about it, we’re going to keep him alive.” Click here for Jodi’s appeal. Also, see Facebook.

 

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