ABC cameraman Australia's first casualty
in Iraq, by Greg Tingle
Australian cameraman on assignment for the ABC in
northern Iraq has been killed by a car bomb.
cameraman Paul Moran, 39, and ABC correspondent Eric
Campbell had ventured to the northern town of Sayed
Sadiq, where there had been fighting between Kurds
and Iraqi militants.
Campbell says Mr Moran had gone ahead of him to do
told Mediaman, Paul was filming final shots
for their story, when a taxi sped up alongside him
was dead and ... He was just a tremendous guy to work
with, just an extraordinary cameraman and editor and
producer and all the rest of it, he said.
knew this area backwards, he'd been here many times
before, had very good contacts, he was just a great
resource for being here and for working around the
clock in this coverage we were doing.
Campbell says they were doing everything they could
to protect themselves in Iraq.
last week, when Mediaman met with the ABCs
Peter Clancy, National OH&S Advisor for all 13
divisions. Peter said, our staff on assignment
have full training. There is a comprehensive checklist
with a scoring system, and if the risks are too high,
staff are directed to leave the danger zone. Staff
are comprehensively educated as to the hazards, and
the Management shall make the safety decisions by
following a strict procedure. The story is secondary
to staff safety. We would rather they come back to
is clear that the ABC staff are well aware of the
dangerous of working in war zones, and they still
have Australian journalists based in Iraq.
added Both Paul and I have newborn babies and
we sort of decided when we came across the border
we'd be as careful as we could and we were.
always wore flak jackets and checking where everyone
else had been and where was safe, and we just thought
we were okay, and just out of the blue this awful
said they were getting pretty tired but still enjoying
the Iraq experience.
we'd finished filming up at the base we just looked
at each other and just thought great story,
we've got some fantastic material and we were looking
forward to going back to Sulaymaniyah and putting
it together and this just happened," he said.
said he will be soon leaving Iraq.
just have some shrapnel wounds and it's fairly superficial
and I'm okay, he said.
lost half my hearing but I think that's just temporary
from the blast.
okay and I'm going to get out of here.
I'll get across to the Iranian border tomorrow and
then back to my family in Melbourne.
attack is being blamed on the Islamic militant group,
Ansar al-Islam which has alleged links to infamous
terrorist group, Al Qaeda.
Moran was based in Paris, originally from Adelaide.
is survived by his wife and a baby daughter.
ABC's managing director, Russell Balding, said Paul
Moran's loss is deeply felt by all at the corporation.
Balding has extended his deepest sympathies to Paul
says Paul Moran was pursuing a profession he deeply
loved and for which he was greatly respected.