Al Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber was killed this weekend in Libya while covering that country’s uprising against strongman ruler Moammar Gadhaffi. Al Jaber is the first journalist reported killed in the Libyan conflict.
Al Jaber was shot three times and wounded in the heart by unknown assailants who opened fire on his car. Two others were also shot.
Wadah Khanfar, the net’s director-general, said that the murder came after “an unprecedented campaign” of harassment by forces in Libya as it covered popular uprisings against Gadhaffi and other beleagured rulers in the region.
In February, jamming signals began to disrupt the network’s satellite broadcasts on Nilesat and Arabsat. Many suspected that those distorting signals originated in Libya.
“We cannot be intimidated by this or any other assault,” said Khanfar Saturday on Al Jazeera. “And to those attempting to muzzle Al Jazeera’s voice by criminal acts, by assassinating our staff or distorting our signal, I say, the truth cannot be silenced.”
Al Jaber studied journalism at the Academy of Arts in Cairo and was the director of CNBC Arabiya TV in his home country of Qatar. He was the head of filming section in Qatar Television for more than 20 years.