ANTON HAMMERL, a freelance photographer who worked for both Accountancy Age and Financial Director, has been killed while covering the rebellion in Libya. Anton was married to Penny Sukhraj, a former writer for the Age.
Hammerl, a South African, went missing on 5 April but was reported detained by pro-Gaddaffi forces along with three journalists, US reporters Clare Morgana Gillis and James Foley, as well as Spanish photographer Manuel Varela de Seijas Brabo. With the release of the other journalists this week, it emerged that Hammerl was shot when the group came under fire prior to their detention.
A statement from Anton’s family said: “Words are simply not enough to describe the unbelievable trauma the Hammerl family is going through.
“From the moment Anton disappeared in Libya, we have lived in hope as the Libyan officials assured us that they had Anton. It is intolerably cruel that Gaddaffi loyalists have known Anton’s fate all along and chose to cover it up.”
Gavin Hinks, editor of Accountancy Age, said: “We had great hope that Anton, though reported detained, would emerge from Libya unscathed. The news of his death is both cruel and devastating.
“He will be sorely missed and our thoughts at this time go out to his wife Penny Sukhraj and his two young sons Neo and Hiro.”
It was at first reported that all four had been detained, the Libyan authorities even having confirmed they were holding Anton and that he would soon call his family. It was only with the release of the other journalists earlier this week that the truth about Anton became known.
*Anton Hammerl in Brega © Unai Aranzadi, 2011
Mike Russell, London Zoo, by Anton Hammerl
Ian Theodoreson, Church of England, by Anton Hammerl
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