ABC Journos Killed: The Role Of “Fixers”

By Brian 

Above, cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz in Baghdad. Aziz was killed yesterday.

In an essay, Dean Reynolds explains how “fixers,” like the two ABC journalists killed yesterday, protect war reporters.

“In my nearly nine years in the Middle East, fixers — including my camera crews — literally saved my life. They got the shots, the soundbites, the tips that were turned into stories. I got many pats on the back for my work as a result. The fixers may have gotten a phone call from higher-ups once a year. Pay? Not great, but working for us was probably a better job than most jobs in their native lands.

I would tell you their names, but you wouldn’t know them.”