Michael Douglas Deane, 61, known as “Mick”, was a British journalist and cameraman who worked for ITN, CNN, and SkyNews. Deane was killed by sniper fire while covering the Rabaa massacre in Cairo, Egypt, which the Committee to Protect Journalists said was Egypt’s most violent day against journalists and which Human Rights Watch called Egypt’s bloodiest day.
Michael Douglas Deane was born in 1951 in Hanover, Germany and attended school in Surbition Grammar School In the 1970s, he met his wife Daniela, an Italian-American journalist, in Rome during a hot air balloon ride. Deane pursued a career of journalism as a sound and cameraman. The couple and their two sons, Patrick and Benjamin, lived first in Washington, D.C. and then in Jerusalem during the latter years of his career. In 2009, they moved to London, and then to Israel in 2012 to continue his career with British SkyNews. According to Deane’s wife, he intended to retire within a year.
Deane was one of four journalists killed in that day, the other three are Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz, 26, a female Egyptian journalist for the Gulf News XPRESS newspaper, was shot and killed, the Egyptian reporter Ahmed Abdel Gawad, an editorial manager for the Muslim Brotherhood satellite television channel Misr 25, who was shot in the back and killed, and Mosab El-Shami with Rassd News Network.