Today I woke up to the very sad news that Sky News cameraman Mick Deane has been shot dead whilst covering the violent protests in Cairo, Egypt. Deane had worked with Sky News for fifteen years and has been described by his colleagues as a “brilliant journalist” who was “as brave as a lion”.
Like many it really got me thinking about the ways in which journalists like him put their lives at risk so that we in the UK can be made aware of what is happening in and around the world. We manifestly see news correspondents on the television but it is so easy to forget that there are several others behind the camera, who are too demonstrating great courage by working in such dangerous conditions.
These men and women are there by choice, but it is the selfless reasoning behind the choice they have made which I find to be even more inspiring. They have a job to do, as Mick Deane did, and they do it bloody well.
My thoughts go out to Mick Deane’s family at this difficult time. Rest in peace.