Fallen journalists in Cambodia remembered

Here at CBS, we are marking the deaths of nine TV journalists killed 43 years ago this week -- covering the war in Cambodia.

Six of the journalists worked for CBS News: correspondent George Syvertsen; producer Gerry Miller; cameramen Remnik Leckhi and Tomaharu Ishii; soundman Kojiro Sakai; and Sam Leng, a Cambodian interpreter and driver.

A photo of CBS News correspondent George Syvertsen a few days before he was killed. To his right is Kojiro Sakai, the CBS sound man who was also lost.
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In another car, a crew from NBC: Welles Hangen; soundman Roger Colne; and cameraman Yoshiniko Waku.

A jeep carrying four from CBS was hit by a rocket powered grenade. All were killed. The other five were captured by the Khmer Rouge and beaten to death.

Recently a group of friends and colleagues of those killed went back to the scene to dedicate a memorial. Longtime CBS cameraman Kurt Hoefle was expected to work with Syvertsen that day, but Leckhi was assigned instead.

"This for me is very emotional because my friends were killed here in the war, so I was very close to them," said Hoefle.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 70 journalists were killed doing their jobs around the world in 2012 -- 20 so far this year.

  • Jim Axelrod

    Jim Axelrod is the anchor of the Saturday edition of the "CBS Evening News" and a national correspondent for CBS News, reporting for the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" and other CBS News broadcasts.