“We currently have a minimal level of detail, but Ben is in the hospital and our on-site teams are working to gather additional information as the situation quickly unfolds,” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott said in a memo to employees. .
“The safety of our entire team of journalists in Ukraine and the surrounding regions is our top priority and paramount,” added Scott. “This is a grim reminder for all the journalists who risk their lives every day to bring the news out of a war zone.”
Scott said Fox would provide further updates if the network learns more.
“Please keep Ben and his family in your prayers,” Scott wrote in her memo.
Hall began his career as a war correspondent, reporting from the Middle East and Africa and reporting for several news organizations including DailyExpertNews, Sunday Times, Agence France-Presse and BBC.
In 2015, Hall joined Fox. In his role for the network, he has over the years submitted reports from dangerous conflict zones, including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hall is currently a Fox’s State Department correspondent. He is also the author of “Inside ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army.”
“We are shocked to learn that our fellow correspondent Benjamin Hall was injured while covering the war in Ukraine,” said Shaun Tandon, president of the State Department’s Correspondents Association. “We know Ben for his warmth, good humor and utmost professionalism. We wish Ben a speedy recovery and call for the utmost efforts to protect journalists who are doing an invaluable service through their coverage in Ukraine.”
Andriy Nebitov, the chief of police of the Kiev region, said Russian troops shot Renaud, adding that “the occupiers are cynically killing even journalists from international media, who are trying to tell the truth about the atrocities committed by the Russian army.” in Ukraine.”
Press freedom groups have denounced the violence journalists face when covering the war. After Renaud’s death, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists called on Russian troops to “stop all violence against journalists and other civilians at once”.