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In the thick of the action

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In the thick of the action
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Our mission in Tunisia was far from easy. Our team experienced some extremely difficult moments in the streets of Tunis on the eve of Ben Ali’s departure from the presidential palace. Security forces were firing live rounds at protesters, and we found ourselves having to help take two wounded people to hospital. One of them unfortunately never recovered. If Tunisia was difficult though, it was nothing compared to what we went through in Libya. Hours after Gaddafi’s exit from the Bab al-Azizia compound we were once again in the thick of the action: a fierce battle between Gaddafi’s forces and rebel fighters in the Salahadin military district, a battle during which both sides turned to heavy artillery and anti-aircraft weapons.
Field reporting in such conditions is always risky, but we are aware that, at such times, it is each journalist’s duty to do his or her best to give as complete a picture as possible to the outside world despite the dangers.

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