"The Sunday Mirror's defence correspondent

  Forum Editor 12:55 10 Jan 2010

has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan"

We hear a lot about the bravery of our armed forces, but seldom anything about the people who (unarmed) accompany them on their missions in the front line - all in the cause of news-gathering.

My sister-in-law once had a boyfriend who was a well-known TV war correspondent, and some of the stories he told about his work in combat zones made me realise that covering conflicts is definitely not at the glamorous end of journalism.

  Graham. 12:57 10 Jan 2010

Very sad to hear that, FE.

  Bingalau 13:55 10 Jan 2010

Very sad, these people do a wonderful job of reporting the news. Some of the footage from WW2 is still used extensively and shows how close they got to the front line. Some of them were actually in it.

  cream. 14:09 10 Jan 2010

who bring us the news from front line positions in war torn regions of the world. So we can read the news in the comfort of our own homes.

So sad to hear Rupert Hamer and a yet unknown soldier have lost their lives. His wife and children must be devistated.

  spuds 14:37 10 Jan 2010

Think Terry Lloyd who was killed and Martin Bell, Sandy Gaul who were both badly injured, but to name only three of many.

'War Zone' (many areas) reporters are far more protected nowadays than what they were years gone bye, but like all conflicts, that stray bullet, land-mine,shell or even 'friendly-fire' is not selective as to who the victim might have perhaps been.

  morddwyd 18:09 10 Jan 2010

I am sure there are many of my generation who never thought any face off was serious, or who never started getting nervous, until Kate Adie turned uo.

  Forum Editor 23:07 10 Jan 2010

It used to be said that a British General once radioed a message to his field commanders 'Kate Adie has arrived, you can engage the enemy now'.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 08:29 11 Jan 2010

Kate Adie...that woman is a Jonah, everywhere she goes there is trouble.


  morddwyd 20:11 11 Jan 2010

Don't knock Kate.

My proudest possession (even though it no longer fits) is a Combined News Pool "Desert Storm" T shirt personally sent, by her, via my son!

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