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'Restrepo' filmmaker Tim Hetherington killed photographing war in Libya

Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist and codirector of 'Restrepo,' the documentary film about war in Afghanistan, was killed in Libya Wednesday. Three other journalists were wounded.

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Directors Sebastian Junger, left, and Tim Hetherington at the Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, during the 2007 filming of their documentary, 'Restrepo.' Hetherington was killed in Libya Wednesday, April 20.

Tim Hetherington/Outpost Films/AP

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Tim Hetherington, the photojournalist and codirector of “Restrepo,” the Oscar-nominated documentary film about the war in Afghanistan, was killed in Libya Wednesday.

Three other journalists were wounded – two of them severely – in what reportedly was an attack by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) or mortar round.

Mr. Hetherington’s last message on Twitter, posted Tuesday, read: "In besieged Libyan city of Misurata. indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO."

The attack, which occurred as journalists were traveling with rebel forces in Libya, comes at a time when journalism has become an increasingly dangerous job around the world.

Since 1992, 895 journalists have been killed, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), including 14 so far in 2011. Some of these have been in combat situations; others occurred in countries with repressive regimes or – as in the case of Mexico – as a result of drug cartel violence.

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