Ali Hassan al-Jaber

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Ali Hassan al-Jaber
Born (1955-12-12)12 December 1955
Died 12 March 2011(2011-03-12) (aged 55)
Libya Suluq, Libya
Nationality Qatar Qatari
Education M.A. Cinematography, Academy of Arts, Egypt
Occupation Journalist
Years active Over 20 years

Ali Hassan al-Jaber (12 December 1955[1] – 12 March 2011) was a Qatari national working as a camera operator for the TV channel Al Jazeera.

He was the first foreign journalist killed during the Libyan Civil War in 2011.[2] Three other foreign photojournalists were killed in Libya while covering the war. Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Misrata.[3] Anton Hammerl was killed outside of Brega.[4]

Personal information[edit]

He studied cinematography at the Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt.[1]


He worked for Qatar TV in Doha for over 20 years and then joined Al Jazeera.[5]


His last assignment was covering the 2011 Libyan civil war. He was shot in Suluq while returning to the eastern city of Benghazi after filing a report.[1][6][7][8] His colleague, Naser al-Hadar, was also shot. Al-Jaber was sent to a hospital but did not survive.[1]


Written to be a martyr to be Ali Hassan al-Jaber in Bayda, Libya.

Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of Al Jazeera, said that the killing followed "an unprecedented campaign" against Al Jazeera by Muammar Gaddafi.[1]

People in Benghazi demonstrated in support of the journalist when the event was known.[9]

On 13 March, the day after, Amnesty International condemned the killing, while Reporters Without Borders said they were outraged.[10][11]

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