15 August, 2013

British cameraman for Sky News killed in Egypt

British cameraman for Sky News killed in Egypt
A British cameraman working for Sky News was killed today as Egyptian forces moved in to clear protesters demanding the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Mick Deane was killed today in Egypt while covering the pro-Morsi protests.

By Sam Marsden

2:20PM BST 14 Aug 2013

Mick Deane, 61, was shot during the raid on activists camped in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, where thousands of supporters of Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had staged a six-week sit-in.

No other members of the Sky News team covering the violence in Egypt were hurt.

Mr Deane, who was married with two sons, had worked for the channel for 15 years, based in Washington DC and Jerusalem.

Fellow foreign correspondents paid tribute to his professionalism and good-humoured resilience, saying he had previously survived cancer.

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John Ryley, the head of Sky News, described him as “the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky”.

He added: “The loss of a much-loved colleague will be deeply felt across Sky News. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. We will give them our full support at this extremely difficult time.”

Tim Marshall, Sky News’s foreign affairs editor, said Mr Deane was "brave as a lion" at the same time as being a "great human being".

He added: "Micky was humorous in a dry way, he was wise and when you're on the road with small teams, people like that are diamonds to be with.

"Our hearts go out to his family. He died doing what he'd done so brilliantly for decades."

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, added: "I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team."

Channel 4 News Washington correspondent Matt Frei said: "So shocked and sad to hear that my old friend Mick Deane has been killed in Cairo. Great friend, great cameraman. He survived cancer."

A second journalist was also shot dead in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square today.

Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, a police and courts reporter for the United Arab Emirates-based Xpress newspaper, was not on an official assignment and had returned to her native Egypt on annual leave, her employer said.

Her younger sister, Arwa Ramadan, who lives in Sharjah in the UAE, said the young journalist had been in the square’s mosque this morning.

Her mother spoke to her on the phone early in the day, but when she rang back at midday there was no response.

“She called again, and somebody picked up the phone and told her Habiba was dead. My dad, who is in Egypt right now, confirmed it later,” Ms Ramadan said.

Mazhar Farooqui, the deputy editor of Xpress, said: “It’s hard to believe she’s gone. She was passionate about her work and had a promising career ahead.”

Unconfirmed reports suggested that as many as six journalists may have been killed or injured in the violence in Egypt today.

The Reuters news agency said that Asmaa Waguih, one of its photographers, was shot in the foot in Cairo.

Egyptian officials said 95 people were killed and 874 injured in today's clashes between the security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, but independent observers put the death toll much higher.

A month-long state of emergency has been declared in the country.

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