Horrible reporting once again from The Independent. This time the paper thoughtfully informs us of the sex of not one but two foreign journalists who have been shot in eastern Afghanistan.
But it is not alone, The Telegraph avoids the mention of the journalists’ sex in the headline. It saves that for the body copy:
An Afghan policeman opened fire on two female journalists on Friday, killing a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and wounding a reporter as they covered final preparations for presidential elections.
The actual story is: “Anja Niedringhaus, 48, from Germany, died instantly after being shot in the head. Her colleague, Kathy Gannon, 60, underwent emergency surgery for two gunshot wounds before being flown from the province of Khost to the US military hospital at Bagram airbase near Kabul. Both worked for the Associated Press news agency.”
The Guardian actually reported it very well: “An Afghan police officer has shot dead a foreign photographer and badly injured another in the country’s violent east, as they were covering preparations for the country’s presidential election.
“The man opened fire on Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon from the Associated Press in a police headquarters in Khost province, after the women arrived with a convoy of election materials on Friday.
“Niedringhaus died almost immediately from wounds to her head, a health official said, and Gannon was taken to hospital with less serious injuries after being shot twice. She later underwent surgery and was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel. Both were veteran correspondents with long experience covering Afghanistan.”
Over the top by us to point this out? Let’s see how The Independent dealt with the death of reporter Nils Horner, 51, who was shot in the head with a silenced pistol while on his way to interview the survivor of a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.
Yes, no need to mention Mr Horner’s sex here.