Ali Hassan al-Jaber

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Ali Hassan al-Jaber
Born (1955-12-12)12 December 1955
Doha, Qatar
Died 12 March 2011(2011-03-12) (aged 55)
Suluq, Libya
Nationality 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 was born in the capital city of Doha.[5] He studied cinematography at the Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt.[1] In addition, he attended Qatar University where he graduated with a B.A. in 1982.[6] At the time of his death, he was married and had three children.[5]


He started his career working for Qatar TV in Doha as head of the filming department from 1979 to 2001. He also worked as photography supervisor at the Qatar Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2005 and was instated as director of CNBC Arabiya's Qatar bureau in 2005. He was eventually employed by local news outlet Al Jazeera.[7][6]


Al-Jaber and two other photographers, Ashraf Ibrahim and Mansur Ibi, were sent abroad to cover the uprisings in Benghazi during the 2011 Libyan civil war. After landing in the Egyptian city of Arish, they traveled to Libya. On March 12, they learned that a pro-revolution rally was going to be held in Suluq, a village near Benghazi. Al-Jaber accompanied field reporter Beiba Ould M’hadi to the rally and he was shot while returning to Benghazi after filing a report.[1][8][9][10][11] His colleague, Naser al-Hadar, was also shot. Al-Jaber was sent to a hospital but did not survive.[1]


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

Thousands of people in Benghazi demonstrated in support of the journalist when the event was known.[12][6]

On 13 March, the day after, Amnesty International condemned the killing, while Reporters Without Borders said they were outraged.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Libya Live Blog - March 13
  2. ^ Wells, Matt (14 March 2011). "Al-Jazeera cameraman chased and shot dead by Gaddafi regime supporters". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oscar-nominated war photographer Tim Hetherington killed in Libya mortar attack by Gaddafi's troops". Daily Mail. London. 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Aislinn Laing. 2011. "Libya: London-based photographer killed by Gaddafi troops." The Telegraph (UK), 20 May. Retrieved 27 October 2011 [Libya: London-based photographer killed by Gaddafi troops The Telegraph] (UK)
  5. ^ a b "The life of Al Jaber". Doha Centre for Media Freedom. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Ali Hassan Al Jabir". National Human Rights Committee (Qatar). Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Yes Ali Hassan Al Jaber is Qatari. Born in 1955. Worked for Qatar TV in Doha for over 20 years before joining Al Jazeera". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ Ali Hassan al-Jaber - Al-Jazeera Committee to Protect Journalists . Retrieved on October 16, 2011.
  9. ^ "Al Jazeera: Cameraman Ali Hassan Al-Jaber Killed In Libya Ambush". Huffington Post. 12 March 2011. 
  10. ^ BBC Mundo - Últimas Noticias - Muere un camarógrafo de Al Yazira en Libia
  11. ^ "The last journey". Doha Centre for Media Freedom. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Lucas, Ryan; el Deeb, Sarah (12 March 2011). "Al-Jazeera says cameraman killed in eastern Libya". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
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