LONDON – A land mine explosion killed one British Broadcasting Corp. journalist and injured another in northern Iraq on Wednesday, the company said.
Kaveh Golestan, 52, an Iranian freelance cameraman for the BBC, died instantly when he stepped on the mine as he climbed out of his car in the town of Kifrey, the company said.
Producer Stuart Hughes, 31, was injured in the foot by the explosion, while correspondent Jim Muir and their translator were unhurt, the BBC said. Hughes was being treated in a nearby American military medical facility.
They were part of a four-man BBC team filming at Kifrey, a town in the southern part of the Kurdish-controlled area of Iraq.
Golestan, a veteran cameraman and photographer, had worked for the BBC for about three years.
During his career, he also worked for Associated Press Television News and Time magazine. He was acclaimed for his work during the Iranian Revolution and the gassing of Kurds in 1988 during the Iran-Iraq war.
"Kaveh Golestan was an outstanding photojournalist who had worked in support of freedom of expression in his native Iran and elsewhere, and was well known to many Western news organizations," said Richard Sambrook, BBC's director of news in London. "Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends."
Golestan was survived by his wife and their 19-year-old son.