A distressed Anne Aasheim, editor-in-chief of Dagbladet, stormed out of a meeting with the union, about redundancies packages of all things, when news broke that one of the tabloid's reporters had been injured in an attack in Afghanistan Monday evening.
The reporter, Carsten Thomassen, was covering Norway's foreign minister, Jonas Gahr Störe's, trip to Kabul, when insurgents attacked the hotel where the Norwegian delegation was staying. Other Norwegian journalists and photographers worked hard to save the journalist before he could be brought to a military hospital, but Thomassen died of the injuries he sustained later in the evening.
It is the first time since Soviet withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 that a Norwegian journalist has been killed in the country. A memorial gathering will be held at Dagbladet Tuesday at 9.30am. Already the foreign department has come under fire for publishing the details of Störe's trip, including which hotel he was staying in, on its website, and the tragic incident is bound to reignite debates about training and safety precautions for Norwegian
war reporters journalists dispatched to dangerous parts of the world.