Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans, 45, was killed in Sirte, Libya, on October 2 while on assignment for the Belgian magazine Knack and other publications, Al Jazeera reports. His body was taken to Misrata, where a doctor reported that Oerlemans had been shot in the chest by a sniper for ISIS, which has been fighting for control of Sirte for a year.
Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders said in a statement released yesterday, “Oerlemans is a journalist who kept going where others stopped, driven to put the news into pictures in the world’s hot spots. It is profoundly sad that he has now paid the ultimate price for this.”
Oerlemans, who was represented by Panos Pictures, covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. He had worked for TIME, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, and other publications around the world. In 2012, Oerlemans was kidnapped and wounded in Syria; he was released after a week.
He is survived by his wife and three children, according to The Guardian.
In a statement, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said, “The death of Jeroen Oerlemans is a reminder that those who bring us images and video from the frontlines often pay the heaviest price.”
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