3 June 2008

FOREIGN PHOTOJOURNALIST FOUND MURDERED


A New Zealand-born photojournalist was found murdered in Nairobi, Kenya last week, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Trent Keegan was found with head injuries in a drainage ditch off a main highway in Nairobi on 28 May.

Keegan, originally from New Zealand, had been freelancing in Ireland for several years. According to police reports, Keegan's body was identified by his Irish driver's licence and a business card promoting his website. His wallet also contained 3,848 shillings (US$62). But news reports say that expensive camera equipment he was allegedly carrying was missing.

Keegan was working on an investigative story about a land dispute in northern Tanzania between a local tribe and the U.S.-based company Thomson Safaris, says CPJ. He had been in Africa for two months, and was last seen having dinner with a friend the night before his body was found.

It is not known whether his murder was linked to his work.

He was the winner of several awards from the Irish Professional Photographers Association and worked in Darfur, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the slums of Mombassa, Kenya.

Visit these links:
- CPJ: http://tinyurl.com/54nwgk- Trent Keegan website: http://www.trentkeegan.com/- "New Zealand Herald": http://tinyurl.com/3j3nd7(Photo courtesy of TrentKeegan.com)

(3 June 2008)



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