Respect for Mohammed Al Nabbous

Twitter yielded the terrible news today:  Mohammed Al Nabbous, brave and tireless founder of the Benghazi rebels’ widely-followed webcast “Libya Alhurra TV,” was killed by a sniper hours before the arrival of coalition-sponsored forces aiming to minimize civilian casualties in the eastern city.  The following report appeared in Boing Boing later in the day at http://www.boingboing.net/2011/03/19/libya-mohammed-mo-al.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=fee  Be sure to click on the links.

Libya: Mohammed “Mo” Al Nabbous, founder of Benghazi webcast “Libya Alhurra TV,” killed in firefight

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Via LibyaFeb17.com and via the Twitter updates from NPR’s Andy Carvin, terrible news that the brave citizen journalist Mohammed Al-Nabbous, known to fans as “Mo,” was killed last night.

From currently available information, it appears Mo was killed in a firefight, while recording.

Mo created and operated the widely-viewed live video channel Al Hurra TV on Livestream, broadcasting raw footage and commentary from Benghazi, Libya.

Andy Carvin writes:

Mohammad Nabbous was my primary contact in Libya, and the face of Libyan citizen journalism. And now he’s dead, killed in a firefight. A few hours ago he went out to record some more audio and was caught in a firefight. [Link]. Audio stops 6:30 into it. For several hours we heard rumors that he had been shot but we didn’t want to say anything until we knew for sure. And now I can’t stop thinking, what if those French planes began to arrive 12 hours ago. Would Mo be alive now? I just don’t know.

 Nabbous’ wife, speaking on his Livestream channel earlier:

I need everyone to do as much as they can for this cause. They are still shooting. More people will die. Don’t let Mo’s life go in vain.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/UyIyz44oKQQ?fs=1&hl=en_US

Here was one of Mo’s early reports.

Here was his last.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/Ecu_iWLn-rg?fs=1&hl=en_USThose last two links via Bilal at Al Jazeera, who writes: “Remember Mohammed Nabbous, known to all as Mo. His mission: to get the news about what’s happening in #Libya out to the world.” Bilal created a tribute to Mo here.

A heartbreaking and, it may be, irreplaceable loss. RIP.

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