Family believes South African journalist dead

May 19, 2011 - 9:59 PM
Mideast Libya Journalists

FILE - This undated file photo shows photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who has South African and Austrian citizenship and went missing in Libya in early April 2011. Hammerl's family says they now believe he was killed in the Libyan desert by Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Family spokeswoman Bronwyn Friedlander tells The Associated Press that journalists recently freed by the Libyan regime reported that they were with Hammerl when he was shot in a remote location on April 5. (AP Photo/Saturday Star - Independent Newspapers Ltd, File) SOUTH AFRICA OUT

LONDON (AP) — The family of missing South African photographer Anton Hammerl says they now believe he was killed in the Libyan desert by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Family spokeswoman Bronwyn Friedlander tells The Associated Press that journalists recently freed by the Libyan regime reported that they were with Hammerl when he was shot in a remote location on April 5.

Friedlander says Hammerl would not have been able to survive without medical attention.

Hammerl's colleagues have been pressing government officials in South Africa to pursue information about him from the Libyans.

Hammerl, who left South Africa five years ago, had worked for such newspapers as Johannsburg's Star, which has been publishing his photo daily to ensure his case was not forgotten.