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Renowned Iranian photo-journalist killed in Iraq's Kurdistan

Renowned Iranian cameraman and photo-journalist, Kaveh Golestan got killed while working for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Iraq's Kurdistan Province, on Wednesday evening, IRNA reported.

The mine explosion that led to Golestan's death occurred in the southern parts of the Iraqi Kurdistan's Sulaymaniya city, at a region called Kufra.

He was quite an active photo-journalist during the years of the past few decades, and during the US war in Iraq played an essential role in reflecting the war news in the southern parts of Iraq until his eventful death.

Golestan began his career as a photo-journalist before the victory of the Islamic Revolution working for the Iranian press.

He has the long record of serving several Iranian and foreign news media, and finally lost his life while performing his journalist duties.

Kufra region of Sulaymaniya, where Golestan got killed, is the front line of the US-backed Iraqi Kurds with the Iraqi army. The region has been the scene of bombardments and missile attacks of both sides since a few days ago.

Golestan was taking a film at one of the fields recently given up by the Iraqi army, when he stepped on a land mine planted by them.

In the same incidence, BBC correspondent, Jim Miore, too, got seriously hurt.

Golestan entered the realm of cinema a few years ago, but was mainly engaged in taking documentaries at regions engaged in military crises.

A few years ago he directed a radio serial for the BBC's Persian network, entitled "Fanous-e-Khial" (The Lantern of Imagination) in which he portrayed the developments that the Iranian cinema has gone through during the recent decades.

He also has a number of good documentaries in various fields in his record.

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BBC cameraman dies in Iraq
Mr Golestan was a Pulitzer-prize winning freelance cameraman who worked for the BBC's Tehran bureau. "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 organisations. He is survived by a wife and a 19-year-old son. -BBC

Tribute to a cameraman
I met Kaveh Golestan, (pictured), the BBC cameraman who was killed by a landmine on Wednesday, only a few times but he made a deep impression on me. His death in Kifri, northern Iraq, was a shock -Financial Times

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