Sky News cameraman killed in Egypt filming coverage of clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi supporters


Journalist Mick Deane, 61, who had worked for Sky for 15 years, was shot dead during coverage of the violent conflict in the Cairo this morning

 A Sky News cameraman has been killed in Egypt as security forces clashed with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Mick Deane, 61, was shot dead during coverage of the violent conflict in the Cairo district of Rabaa.

Mr Deane had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and later Jerusalem.

Sky confirmed the news this afternoon, adding that the rest of the team were unhurt.

In a statement, Sky said: “It is with the greatest regret that Sky News announces the death of Mick Deane, an experienced camera operator, while working on assignment in Cairo this morning.

“Mick was part of a Sky News team reporting on the disturbances in the city with Middle East Correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot and wounded.

“Despite receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he died shortly afterwards.

“None of the other members of the Sky News team were injured in the incident.”

The statement continued: “Mick, aged 61, was a hugely experienced broadcast journalist. He had worked with Sky News as a camera operator for 15 years, most recently across the Middle East and previously in the United States.

“He was married with two sons.”

Head of Sky News John Ryley said: “Everyone at Sky News is shocked and saddened by Mick’s death.

“He was a talented and experienced journalist who had worked with Sky News for many years. The loss of a much-loved colleague will be deeply felt across Sky News.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. We will give them our full support at this extremely difficult time.”

The cameraman is the second member of the media to be killed in Cairo in the last day.

Earlier this morning, Gulf News confirmed that its Egypt correspondent Habiba Abdel Aziz had been killed by sniper fire.

Prime Minster David Cameron took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mr Deane.

He tweeted: “I am saddened to hear of the death of cameraman Mick Deane, covering Egyptian violence. My thoughts are with his family and @SkyNews team.”

Channel Four news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy wrote: “Terrible news just announced by Sky re the loss of Mick Deane. A brave man to be there.”

Neal Mann, a former colleague of Mr Deane at Sky, also tweeted: “Mick Deane was one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with on the ground. Really helped me in my career, a great guy & brilliant cameraman.”

Niall Paterson, a Sky reporter, paid tribute saying: “Unbelievably sad to report that Sky cameraman Mick Deane has been shot and killed in Cairo. Truly one of the very best men you could meet.”

Veteran broadcaster Alastair Stewart tweeted: “Heart-breaking news about @SkyNews cameraman Mick Deane. Condolences to his family and to all our friends & colleagues at Sky.”



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