Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Kurt Schork
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2001|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Kurt Schork, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64954b23.html [accessed 10 March 2014]|
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May 24, 2000, in Rogberi Junction, Sierra Leone
Kurt Schork, veteran Reuters correspondent, and Miguel Gil Moreno de Mora, Associated Press cameraman, were killed in an ambush by rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
Schork, 53, and Moreno de Mora, 32, were traveling in two vehicles with soldiers from the Sierra Leone Army (SLA) when RUF forces opened fire on them east of Rogberi Junction, some 54 miles from the capital, Freetown. The ambush took place in an area that had recently been the scene of fierce fighting between rebels and pro-government forces.
Four SLA soldiers were also killed in the incident, while two other Reuters journalists, cameraman Mark Chisholm and photographer Yannis Behrakis, were wounded. Chisholm and Behrakis received first-aid treatment at a local hospital run by United Nations peacekeepers before they were evacuated to Indian Field Hospital in Freetown, where they were treated for minor injuries.
|Local or Foreign:||Foreign|
|Type of Death:||Crossfire/Combat-Related|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Military Officials|