Sky News Cameraman Killed in Cairo Violence

Sky News cameraman Mick Deane dead shot inside the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp, where security forces were trying to clear Morsi supporters.

Elad Benari ,

Egyptian riot police prepare to crack down on
Egyptian riot police prepare to crack down on

A cameraman with Sky News was killed in Egypt Wednesday as he covered the violent unrest in Cairo, the UK-based news channel reported on its website, according to CNN.

Mick Deane, 61, had worked for Sky for 15 years, based in Washington and then Jerusalem, the channel said.

He previously worked for CNN in London and Rome.

A Sky News team member told CNN that Deane was shot inside the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp, where security forces were trying to clear supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

"Michael was about to lift the camera on his shoulder (when) a sniper from the other side opened fired and killed him instantly," he said. "The moment he lifted the camera he was shot dead by a sniper."

John Ryley, head of Sky News, paid tribute to Deane as the very best of cameramen and a brilliant journalist.

The channel's website quoted Sky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall as saying Deane was "a friend, brave as a lion but what a heart ... what a human being."

A Reuters photojournalist, Asmaa Waguih, was shot and wounded covering the clashes in Cairo, Jo Crosby of Reuters in London told CNN. Waguih is currently receiving hospital treatment, Crosby said.

The Foreign Press Association said it is "shocked and appalled" by the news of Deane's death and expressed its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

The rest of the Sky News team in Cairo was unhurt, the channel said.

The Egyptian interim government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, as the death toll continued to mount in clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters.

According to the BBC, the state of emergency was set to begin at 16:00 local time. It is set to last for only a month, but some analysts are already pointing out that Morsi's predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, who was also ousted after a popular uprising, utilized the "emergency law" powers for 31 years as a tool to quash opposition and silence political dissent.