It should go without saying that journalists covering a war from inside the conflict zone face an inherent level of danger and risk, as was evidenced Monday when a Fox News crew was attacked in Ukraine, leaving two dead and one injured.
Now Fox News has revealed that the injured journalist, correspondent Benjamin Hall, is alive and recovering and has been safely transported out of Ukraine.
Hall had been seriously injured when a vehicle he was riding in outside of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv had come under suspected Russian fire. That attack, unfortunately, claimed the lives of veteran Fox photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, who was serving as a sort of consultant and local guide.
Fox reporter alive and safe outside Ukraine
The good news about Hall’s survival and recovery was shared Wednesday in a brief internal memo issued by Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott.
Fox News host Bill Hemmer then spread the word on-air and said, “This is some news we’ve been waiting on, an update on our colleague Ben Hall, he is now safe and out of Ukraine.”
“Ben is alert and said to be in good spirits. He’s being treated with the best possible care in the world,” Hemmer added. “We remind you, please continue to keep him in your prayers as well as Sasha and Pierre.”
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Praise for Ukrainian journalist consultant killed in an attack
Mediaite reported Wednesday that Fox CEO Scott had also issued a separate release concerning Kuvshynova, who was not formally a Fox News employee but had been working alongside the network’s news crews in Ukraine.
“Sasha was just 24 years old and was serving as a consultant for us in Ukraine,” Scott said. “She was helping our crews navigate Kyiv and the surrounding area while gathering information and speaking to sources. She was incredibly talented and spent weeks working directly with our entire team here, operating around the clock to make sure the world knew what was happening in her country.”
Mediaite further reported that, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, citing sources in the Ukrainian government as well as Fox News, the three journalists had been traveling in a vehicle that was clearly marked as “Press” but had nonetheless come under Russian mortar fire on Monday.
Combatant countries must act to ensure the safety of journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement of its own on the incident and said, “We are deeply saddened by the deaths of Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova in Ukraine while they were working with Fox News, and we are hoping that correspondent Benjamin Hall recovers from his injuries.”
“Reporting on this war is a vital public service, and it has already claimed the lives of at least two other journalists in just a few weeks,” the group added. “Ukrainian and Russian authorities must do their utmost to ensure safety of all journalists, and to thoroughly investigate attacks on the press.”