Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Tributes to cameraman shot in Egypt

Cameraman Mick Deane was working in Egypt when he was shot dead (AP)
Cameraman Mick Deane was working in Egypt when he was shot dead (AP)

Tributes have been paid to a Sky News cameraman who was shot dead in Cairo while covering clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters.

Mick Deane, 61, was married with two sons.

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter: "I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and Sky News team."

Head of Sky News John Ryley described Mr Deane as "the very best of cameramen, a brilliant journalist and an inspiring mentor to many at Sky", and on Sky News, its Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said he was "a great cameraman, but he was - which is far more important - a great human being."

Mr Deane, who had worked for the broadcaster for 15 years including stints in Washington and Jerusalem, was with Middle East correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot.

Sky said the rest of the team covering the outbreak of violence in Cairo with him were unhurt.

Egyptian officials said 95 people have been killed and 874 injured in clashes between the security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, but independent observers put the death toll much higher.

A month-long state of emergency has been declared in the country.

Channel 4 News reporter Matt Frei said on Twitter: "So shocked and sad to hear that my old friend Mick Deane has been killed in Cairo. Great friend, great cameraman. He survived cancer."

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I condemn the use of force in clearing protests and call on the security forces to act with restraint. Leaders on all sides must work to reduce the risk of further violence. Only then will it be possible to take vital steps towards dialogue and reconciliation."

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