Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’ photographer dies

Charlie Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture of a solitary man defiantly blocking the path of a column of tanks. (Charlie Cole/Newsweek)
Updated 14 September 2019

Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’ photographer dies

  • American authorities confirmed the death of 64-year-old Charlie Cole in Bali
  • ‘Tank Man’ has become one of the defining images of the 20th century

JAKARTA: The photographer who snapped the defining image of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown — a solitary man defiantly blocking the path of a column of tanks — has died in Indonesia, according to US officials.
American authorities confirmed the death of 64-year-old Charlie Cole in Bali, where the Texan had been a long-time resident.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a state department official told AFP.
Cole won the 1990 World Press Photo award for his picture of a man in a white shirt, carrying a shopping bag in each hand, striding out into the road the day after troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in the heart of Beijing.
The man, whose identity remains unknown, stopped in front of a column of tanks and armored vehicles stretching far down the road, later climbing onto the vehicle to engage in a conversation with one of the tank crew as gunshots crackled in the air.
“Tank Man” has become one of the defining images of the 20th century, but the image remains largely unrecognized in China due to censorship of the image and the wider crackdown.
His mystique has been reinforced by his subsequent disappearance, probably at the hands of Chinese security forces.
Several photographers captured Tank Man’s lone figure on film that day. A picture of the scene by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press, snapped from the balcony of the Beijing Hotel, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


Saudi Arabia to host region’s largest global gaming tournament

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Saudi Arabia to host region’s largest global gaming tournament

  • The PMSC World Cup will be staged at Riyadh Front from Dec. 12 to 14
  • 16 teams from the Middle East and North Africa region compete with 16 teams from the rest of the world

RIYADH: Thousands of gamers and fans from around the globe are expected to descend on Saudi Arabia when the Kingdom hosts the prestigious PUBG MOBILE Star Challenge (PMSC) World Cup for the first time later this year.

Taking place in the capital during the Riyadh Season festival of activities, the region’s most popular mobile game will test the skills of a top international field of players.

The PMSC World Cup, set to be staged at Riyadh Front from Dec. 12 to 14, will see 16 teams from the Middle East and North Africa region compete with 16 teams from the rest of the world.

Event organizers are due to officially announce the total prize money up for grabs, but the pot is expected to top more than SR1 million ($267,000).

PUBG MOBILE has taken the world by storm since its release in 2018 with in excess of 400 million downloads. Its involvement in Riyadh Season is being hailed by gaming influencers as further indication of PUBG MOBILE’s commitment to bringing innovative technologies to the region.

PUBG MOBILE is based on “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to fight in a winner-takes-all showdown.

Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces contestants into a shrinking play zone.

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