A CNN Reporter Gets Injured in Libya

December 15, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.
1. convoy (n.) [v. kon-voi, kuhn-voi; n. kon-voi] – a group of vehicles or ships traveling together, often with a guide for protection
     Example: The presidential convoy, headed by two military vehicles, passed by earlier.

2. outskirts (n.) [out-skurt] – the areas at the edge of a town or city
     Example: My father spent his childhood in the outskirts but later decided to move to the city proper to study.

3. shrapnel (n.) [shrap-nl] – fragments from the explosion of a shell, bomb, or bullet
     Example: It took the doctors several hours to remove some shrapnel from the victim’s body.  

4. in high spirits (adj.) [in] [hahy] [spir-its] – to be in a very good mood or to feel confident about something.
     Example: Ana was in high spirits after passing the examination.

5. casualty (n.) [kazh-oo-uhl-tee]– person who got hurt or killed in an accident, war, or natural disasters
     Example: It’s a miracle that no casualties resulted from the accident.

Read the text below.

convoy of Libyan revolutionary fighters accompanied by CNN reporters came under fire in September 17, a few weeks before Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadafi was killed in a crossfire. The incident injured Ian Lee, one of CNN’s correspondents.

The CNN team was travelling with the fighters and other journalists on the outskirts of Sirte, hometown to former Libyan Prime Minister Moammar Gadhafi and the place where his loyalists gathered.  The team followed the anti-Gadhafi fighters going north to evacuate civilians.

For an unknown reason, one of the revolutionary fighters started firing which caused others to do the same. Counter-attacks from small weaponsand rocket-propelled grenades soon came after.

According to Phil Black, Lee’s co-correspondent, CNN journalists quickly pulled back after the two vehicles near them were hit. They rushed Lee to the hospital where he was treated for shrapnel in his ankle. Fortunately, he was in high spirits while he talked to his family over the phone.

There was at least one casualty from the group of paramedics that was part of the revolutionary team. 

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.
Discussion A

·         Is it necessary for news reporters to cover dangerous situations like war? Explain your answer.
·         How do you think news reporters can avoid danger at work?

Discussion B

·         Should people pay attention to news concerning war? Why or why not?
·         What should and should not be reported during war?

December 15, 2011