Brent Renaud, an award-winning American journalist has been killed by Russian troops in Irpin, Ukraine. Local police released a photo of his body and passport as evidence for the killing.
Today, Sunday 13 March, Kyiv region police reported on social media that award-winning American journalist Brent Renaud had been shot and killed by Russian forces in Irpin.
In a tweet, Kyiv region police named the 50-year-old American journalist who was killed as Brent Renaud, they also posted a photo of his American passport and his body as evidence. Another photo of an outdated New York Times press badge belonging to Brent Renaud was also displayed.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister said in a statement that Renaud "paid with his life for attempting to expose the insidiousness, cruelty, and ruthlessness of the aggressor," according to a New York Times report.
It has not yet been verified which media outlet Brent Renaud was working for whilst in Ukraine.
The New York Times said in a statement on Sunday, "We are deeply saddened to hear of Brent Renaud's death. Brent was a talented filmmaker who had contributed to The New York Times over the years. Though he had contributed to The Times in the past (most recently in 2015), he was not on assignment for any desk at The Times in Ukraine. Early reports that he worked for The Times circulated because he was wearing a Times press badge that had been issued for an assignment many years ago."
Brent Renaud was a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, and journalist, who according to his biography on the Renaud Brothers website lived and worked in New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brent Renaud was a 2019 Harvard Nieman Fellow.
The director of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard said on Sunday that the foundation is "heartsick" over the death of Brent Renaud in Ukraine.
"Our Nieman Fellow Brent Renaud was gifted and kind, and his work was infused with humanity. He was killed today outside Kiev, and the world and journalism are lesser for it. We are heartsick," said foundation curator Ann Marie Lipinski in a tweet.
The killing of Brent Renaud has been condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists who have called for the killers to be brought to justice.
In a statement, the New York-based organization said, "U.S. reporter Brent Renaud was shot and killed, and another journalist was injured on Sunday in the city of Irpin, outside of Kyiv, according to a Ukrainian police official and news reports. In denouncing the shooting, the Committee to Protect Journalists called for the killers to be brought to justice."
"We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of U.S. journalist Brent Renaud in Ukraine. This kind of attack is totally unacceptable, and is a violation of international law," added the CPJ’s program director Carlos Martinez de la Serna in the statement. "Russian forces in Ukraine must stop all violence against journalists and other civilians at once, and whoever killed Renaud should be held to account."
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