As Russia enters the third week of its devastating invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has seemingly become increasingly brazen in where and who he’s attacking.
That was evidenced over the past few days as a growing number of journalists, including Fox News’ Benjamin Hall, have been injured as a result of the conflict. According to the Washington Examiner, Hall was seriously injured while gathering reports from around the nation’s capital city of Kyiv.
Suzanne Scott, the CEO of Fox News, confirmed in an internal memo that Hall had been injured during the course of his newsgathering in Ukraine.
She added that the outlet is attempting to gather additional details, including his condition and what led up to the injury.
“The safety of our entire team of journalists in Ukraine and the surrounding regions is our top priority and of the utmost importance,” Scott’s memo read.
It added: “This is a stark reminder for all journalists who are putting their lives on the line every day to deliver news from a war zone.”
The State Department Correspondents’ Association also released a statement concerning Hall’s situation, praising the warzone journalist for his good character and stellar reporting skills.
“We are horrified to learn that our fellow correspondent Benjamin Hall was injured as he covered the Ukraine war. We know Ben for his warmth, good humor, and utmost professionalism. We wish Ben a quick recovery and call for utmost efforts to protect journalists who are providing an invaluable service through their coverage in Ukraine,” wrote Shaun Tandon, the association’s president.
The White House also acknowledged Hall’s condition, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying at Monday’s press briefing, “Our thoughts, the president’s thoughts, our administration’s thoughts are with him, his family, and all of you at Fox News.”
In recent days, other journalists in Ukraine were critically injured and/or killed, including famed conflict-zone journalist Brent Renaud, who was killed by Russian forces at a checkpoint outside of Kyiv.
His partner, Juan Arredondo, was also shot at while the two were in a vehicle, but fortunately, he survived the attack and was transported to a hospital in Kyiv.
Unfortunately, due to Putin’s brazen escalation of attacking civilians in Ukraine, this likely will not be the last story regarding injured or killed Western journalists.