Media Hotel Raided at World Cup - Photographer Held at Gunpoint
War photography jobs can be dangerous. So can assignments surrounding natural disasters and civil unrest. But sports photography is supposed to be a fairly safe field. Worst case scenario you get hit by a ball.
But in a pre-dawn burglary in South Africa, a group of reporters and photographers were robbed at gunpoint. "It was just two minutes but it felt like two hours," said Antonio Simoes, a photographer who was involved in the incident. 'It was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me."
The thieves made off with credit cards, laptops, cash and a camera belonging to Simoes. It's not the first reported theft during the event; several members of the press have reported having items stolen. But the armed robbery raises concerns about whether South Africa is safe enough for the World Cup.