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Sierra Leone Chaos Claims Lives of AP, Reuters Journalists

Aired May 25, 2000 - 2:32 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The chaos in Sierra Leone claims the lives of two journalists who were there to cover the story. American Kurt Schork and Spaniard Miguel Gil Moreno were killed in a rebel ambush yesterday. Schork, a Reuters correspondent, was a veteran of other armed conflicts, as was the AP cameraman Moreno.

We have more on the story now from ITN's Robert Moore.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ROBERT MOORE, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): The two war correspondents, one a reporter, the other a news cameraman, were gunned down in a rebel ambush to the east of Freetown. This was front-line reporting in one of the most hazardous war zones in the world.

Thirty-two-year-old Miguel Gil was widely seen in television news as one of the most courageous cameramen who had stayed in Kosovo throughout the fighting and who filmed the mounting human suffering. He produced some of the most compelling images of the conflict. He worked for the television arm of the Associated Press and pictures were used by TV news companies around the world, including ITN.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MIGUEL GIL MORENO, AP CAMERAMAN: We are trying to tell the stories of the people who are going through the worst experiences in their lives.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MOORE: His work was recognized last month when he won the prestigious RTS award for Cameraman of the Year.

Alongside him died the veteran Reuters reporter Kurt Schork, seen here battling to save an injured woman during the Bosnian war.

Among the last images that Gil filmed was at a spot close to where he died.

The brutal war in Sierra Leone, characterized by wild militias and ill-disciplined gunmen, has now climbed the lives of two of those who were doing their very best to explain that violence to the outside world. Robert Moore, ITN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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