Feb
22

In praise of … Marie Colvin

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For more than 30 years, Colvin filed tough, humane, highly intelligent reports from the world’s frontlines

When hundreds of Syrians have already died under the relentless bombardment raining down on the city of Homs, it might seem invidious to single out one woman. Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times was not even the only foreign journalist killed in what was supposed to be a safe house. So, too, did a young French photographer, Remi Ochlik, while others were gravely wounded. But for more than 30 years Colvin had filed tough, humane, highly intelligent reports from the world’s frontlines, the last only hours before she died. She nearly died in Sri Lanka in 2001, when she lost an eye: eight years later she was the first to report on the apparent murder of the last surviving Tamil Tigers despite their attempt to surrender. Just over a year ago, she addressed a service honouring colleagues killed in the wars of the first decade of the 21st century. She knew the risks. She believed that to bear witness, it was worth it.

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