Photojournalist May Have Captured His Own Death on Camera in Egypt


A photographer for an Egyptian newspaper, shot while covering political protests Monday, appears to have captured his own death on camera.

Ahmed Samir Assem, 26 years old and a photographer for the Al-Horia Wa Al-Adala newspaper, was among the more than 50 people killed Monday when soldiers opened fire on Egyptians protesting outside an army facility in Cairo where deposed Pres. Mohammed Morsi reportedly is being detained.

Video footage recovered from Assem’s camera and posted on Facebook and YouTube shows a soldier on a nearby rooftop firing on demonstrators below. After a few seconds, he turns his rifle directly towards Assem’s camera. The footage abruptly ends:

Demonstrators recovered Assem’s camera and phone and returned them to the newspaper, which is affiliated with Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party.

“At around 6 a.m., a man came into the media center with a camera covered in blood and told us that one of our colleagues had been injured,”  Ahmed Abu Zeid, culture editor for the newspaper, told London’s Daily Telegraph. “Around an hour later, I received news that Ahmed had been shot by a sniper in the forehead while filming or taking pictures on top of the buildings around the incident.”

Muslim Brotherhood representatives showed scenes from Assem’s coverage at a press conference intended to document the attacks, and Zeid said the images may be used as evidence in any prosecution against the military.

  • Ivan

    Looks like an AK-47. Last few frames are showing the rifle not pointing exactly at the reporter (but rather slightly down and to shooter’s right). At that angle and distance it would have been some 30m/100ft off. If he was shot by a sniper, that must have been later on, this was not it.

  • Ian

    Sad and disturbing, but not surprising given the total lack of respect/protection the media has these days.

  • Kurt B

    Nope, not shot by that sniper shown in video. Last few seconds show that the sniper wasn’t even pointing at the camera when the video ended.

  • Bruno Inácio

    heiii gamers! go to the bed!

  • levitor

    Maybe he got scared and just cut the video. Seems more like that…

  • Antonio Carrasco

    looks like Wolfenstein

  • scallywag

    Whether the cameraman was shot dead by the army or not, or whether the video image above is the man moments just before his death is almost of no consequence.

    What matters perhaps more is that he was said to be a representative of the press and somehow the death or the violation of a press agent means more than the violation or death of a local….

  • Alex Minkin

    can we stop calling any idiot with a rifle a ‘sniper’? he’s not. enough.

  • Felipe_Paredes

    same thing here Leonardo Henrichsen, Argentinian journalist, photographer and cameraman, filming his last scene… and death in 1973 Santiago, Chile.

  • Andrew Cato

    If you can see the shooter, he’s not much of a sniper.

  • worldguy

    What the article fails to say, and has been told to me by friends in Egypt, is that representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood are impersonating soldiers to make them appear as the one perpetuating the killing.

  • Daniel Stolte

    Why would the camera stop right at the time the operator is shot? Makes no sense to me. It would appear more likely he would have dropped the camera and it would have kept recording.

  • John LaTier

    His hand is near the off button and would have grasped at his death. When Im filming and I get frightened I turn the camera off sometimes.

  • John LaTier

    Thats why canon makes lenses that do not look like weapons. Very sad.

  • SpellChck

    What are you talking about? he turns his gun at the last second and shoots and the video stops..

  • satadru

    I happened to notice a cameraman, on the left of the soldier, aiming his video camera in the general direction of the shots being fired at. This can be seen at the very beginning of the video.

  • Eveline

    Sniper with AK-47? Come on! Don’t make my laugh!
    And the shooter didn’t point the rifle to photographer, but somewhere near.
    Even if this Ahmed was shot, then not by this shooter. It’s fake like everything that muslim brotherhood says.

  • fasre

    I agree with you Ivan, they are trying to make it somethin which it’s not

  • bmgtactical

    To the people that think that said shooter can not place a shot because it looks low or to the right. Let me know when you master the skills needed to shoot long distance. There are so many variables. humidity, wind speed, spin drift, angle, ballistics of the round used. A 300 winmag round @ 1000 yards will need to crest 13-14ft at 500 yards to impact its target. Given the flight time from muzzle to target, The earth will rotate a few degrees while the bullet is in flight. (coriolis effect)

    I didn’t watch the video. We should not be publicly dragging this out for respect of the family. Shooting photos in a hostile environment is a risk some people take. Respect the family of the fallen.

  • bmgtactical

    Also the definition of a sniper is one that takes a shot from long distance with cover. This guy’s position is no different from any police sniper position used in the U.S. And you would be surprised on how well a AK rifle can be used. Don’t down play a rifle based on silly U.S. kids playing with theirs on youtube. An active marksman can be deadly with about anything. So stop and think before you post.

  • 9inchnail

    Wouldn’t you at least see the flash of the muzzle? Light is faster than a bullet, you know.

  • 9inchnail

    When you shoot long distance, you aim HIGHER to compensate for the ballistic curve. You don’t aim lower unless you want to shoot the legs maybe. You haven’t even seen the video. It’s not that great of a distance to begin with. Unless it’s one of those magic bullets that they used to shoot Kennedy with, it’s just not possible that this shooter killed the guy with a headshot.

  • 9inchnail

    The female sniper in Full Metal Jacket used an AK47 and I never doubted that this could be done in real life. The AK47 is a much better rifle than it’s given credit for.

  • bmgtactical

    The AK is a much better rifle to the m16/AR15 in many respects.

  • bmgtactical

    Remember he is shooting from higher ground. At a downward angle. So he doesn’t need to aim upwards. The angle is going to compensate for bullet drop. Also how do you know the distance? Since nothing has come forth. And we are not looking at it in a scope with mil-dots. Its almost impossible for you to say it wasn’t a distance shot. I guess if we knew the lens used we could then track it back to find a distance by measuring the guys size in the lens.

    But don’t think for a minute that someone over there would not harm you because you have a camera. Situational Awareness! Don’t get caught up in your lens. Its like tunnel vision of death.

  • Al Borrelli

    Doesn’t make this a “sniper” shot. Using “sniper” when talking to the media makes it sound worse.

  • Joshua Tobias George Barrett

    You do realise that a sniper isn’t defined by his weapon right? The fact that he is holding an AK-47 doesn’t come into this at all. He is a sniper.