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BBC cameraman dies in Iraq
Kaveh Golestan
Kaveh Golestan was killed by a landmine
A cameraman working for the BBC in northern Iraq has been killed after stepping on a landmine.

Kaveh Golestan was killed instantly in the incident which happened when four men were driving near the town of Kifri.

Producer Stuart Hughes, who was working with Mr Golestan, was also injured in the explosion, but correspondent Jim Muir and a local translator escaped unhurt.

Mr Hughes, from Cardiff, is being treated at a US medical unit near Sulaymaniyah for injuries to his foot.

'Support'

Mr Golestan was a freelance cameraman who worked for the BBC's Tehran bureau.

He is survived by a wife and a 19-year-old son.

"We have been in touch with their families and are offering them all the support we can," said the BBC director of news Richard Sambrook.

"Kaveh Golestan was an outstanding photojournalist who had worked in support of freedom of expression in his native Iran and elsewhere and was well known to many western news organisations.

"He had worked with the BBC for many years."

BBC Director-General Greg Dyke said: "Obviously all our sympathies go out to Kaveh's wife and family.

"The incident highlights the dangers our news crews face all the time in Iraq. Be assured that their safety is always our first priority and that we are doing all we can to ensure their wellbeing."

Information appeal

Mr Golestan is the latest of several journalists to die reporting the war.

ITN correspondent Terry Lloyd was killed when the vehicle he was in was hit, in what is thought to have been a 'friendly fire' incident on 22 March. Two of his colleagues are still missing.

Terry Lloyd
ITN wants to know how its reporter died
But a new search of the site where Mr Lloyd died has reportedly found evidence his team came under fire from both coalition and Iraqi forces.

ITN, who commissioned the search, said: "They were driving towards coalition units when they were flanked by vehicles carrying Iraqi soldiers and immediately came under sustained fire".

The company is calling for coalition forces to say what happened.

Stewart Purvis, ITN chief executive and editor-in-chief, said: "We know that both US and British units were on the spot but 12 days after the event, we still do not have any kind of official account.

"We're now clear that somebody in the American or British military knows what happened next but they have not come forward".

Fred Nerac, 43, a French cameraman, and Hussein Osman, a Lebanese-born translator, have not been heard of since the incident.

The body of Mr Lloyd, 50, was identified among casualties taken to a Basra hospital from the scene.

Wife's plea

Security firm AKE found the "burned-out wrecks" of Mr Lloyd's car and two Iraqi vehicles at the scene with spent ammunition of varying calibres in the vehicles, said ITN.

Mr Nerac's wife Fabienne issued her own personal appeal to the US Government.

She said: "I am writing to beg you, and to appeal to your humanity, to break your silence and tell me what happened that day."

On Sunday, veteran Channel 4 reporter Gaby Rado was found dead in the car park of a hotel in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq. It is thought he had fallen off the top of the hotel.

And an Australian cameraman, Paul Moran, was killed in a car bomb in the northern Iraqi town of Khurmal on 22 March.

Correction, 8 October 2007: An earlier version of this report stated incorrectly that Mr Golestan had won a Pulitzer prize.


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Our support for such courageous people and their families should only get stronger as time passes by
Farzad K. Abri, USA
My family and I would like to convey our sincere condolences to Kaveh Golestan's family and families of all others whom lost their lives in order to inform us about the harsh realities of war and the human sufferings on all sides all around the world. Our support for such courageous people and their families should only get stronger as time passes by. I ask everyone to also pray and show their support for people of Iraq and all the coalition forces and their families for years to come. God bless.
Farzad K. Abri, USA

Kaveh is the greatest man I ever knew. I have very fond memories growing up having him instruct me on how to become a photojournalist and today I'm speechless of this great loss the world had to experience. He was a man who stood for democracy and fought against censorship and I hope today we can follow in his footsteps and continue to keep working towards everything this great man stood for. Also my deepest regards for Mehrak his son and his lovely wife Hengameh.
Cyrus Moghtader, Boston-USA

I met Kaveh when I had just lost my father, and he consoled me by sharing his vision of life and death through his incredible photographs and stories of the Iran/ Iraq war. There was poetry in everything he did and said. He was a great source of inspiration to me through his work, courage, dedication, gentility, humbleness and his love for Iran. Although I knew him for a short amount of time, he had a profound effect on my life, and it feels that I have lost a father again. I wish to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. He will not be forgotten. Azin, NY
Azin Valy, USA

He was one of the most charming human beings I ever met
Rits de Koningh, The Netherlands
In 1995 Kaveh Golestan stayed two weeks in my house preparing a photo-exhibition in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In this short time we became friends. He was one of the most charming human beings I ever met. I convey my condolences to his wife and son and all his friends.
Rits de Koningh, The Netherlands

I would like to offer my sympathy to the family of Kaveh Golestan. Many of students of photography and journalism are familiar with his great works and his keen look on many aspects of past domestic and international issues.
M. Farrokh, Canada

The loss of Kaveh Golestan shocked the whole of Iran, since he was the best Iranian photo-journalist. Please forward my condolences to his family.
Amir Arvand, Iran

This is just a simple message of condolence to a man who I never met, but as a fellow news cameraman...with a family myself...I can only begin to imagine how Mr. Golestan's poor family are feeling right now. If it is possible could you please pass on this message...from one cameraman to another. I am sure that his loss will be felt by many. With Respect...
David Walpole, Perth, Australia

I didn't know this man, but certainly his death shook my heart with sympathy. When will humanity get to a point in which this madness of war is not possible any more?
Emanuel Cerveira Pinto, Portugal

I am so very sorry to learn than one of your employees has been killed by a land mine in Iraq. It is so very sad, please extend my deepest sympathies to his family.
Patricia Thompson, Atlanta, Georgia

I would like to offer my sympathy to the family of Kaveh Golestan. I am thankful that his courageous work brought stories closer.
Solveig Bang Hong Kong

My condolences on the death of your colleague, Kaveh Golestan. My best wishes to all the BBC News professionals reporting on the war in Iraq. You are indeed the gold standard.
Lawrence Dingivan Salt Lake City, Utah USA

Please forward my condolences to the family and colleagues of Kaveh Golestan.
Tony Brower

Just simply want to convey my condolences for the loss of Kaveh Golestan. My condolences, if possible, please convey to his family. His service to mankind was real. His loss is real. Cordially,
Michael Mitchell Boring, Oregon, USA

I just want to express my condolences on the loss of one of your cameramen in Iraq today. It's a dangerous situation that will hopefully end soon. As a viewer I greatly appreciate the work that the BBC has been doing to keep the public informed. I live in Texas near Dallas and have been frustrated by the U.S. media's coverage of events so I've been tuning into the BBC instead. In the future I intend to watch on a regular basis. My sincere sympathies to the cameraman's family.
Jim M., USA



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