In Harm’s Way: Cameraman Films Own Death

Fadel_shana1Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana (pictured) unexpectedly filmed his own death while covering fighting between Israelis forces and Palestinian gunmen in Gaza. We extend our condolences to Shana’s family and Reuters on this unfortunate tragedy.

Reuters top editor, David Schlesinger, called for an IDF inquiry into the incident. He also acknowledged in a memo:

We know, of course, that journalism is a dangerous business. We know, of course, that we rush into danger when others rush away. We know, of course, that accidents happen.

Although Shana’s vehicle was clearly marked as TV, Palestinian terrorists have abused press markings to launch attacks, such as last June.

To what extent are journalists in combat zones culpable for putting themselves in harm’s way? Post your comments below.