I was not familiar with Ms. Colvin, but reading about her bravery and incredible work, I am again struck how lucky we are to have such individuals who care enough about truth and justice to risk their lives.
"Our mission is to speak the truth to power, We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians."
~Marie Colvin (1957 – February 22, 2012), American journalist who worked for the British newspaper The Sunday Times; killed by an artillery shell in Homs, Syria, along with award-winning French photographer Rémi Ochlik
From the NYT:
Ms. Colvin was raised on Long Island but had been based in England for many years. In a speech in 2010, Britain’s Press Association news agency reported, she spoke of the work of combat reporters, saying, “Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice.”
“We always have to ask ourselves whether the level of risk is worth the story. What is bravery, and what is bravado?”
She added: “Journalists covering combat shoulder great responsibilities and face difficult choices. Sometimes they pay the ultimate price.”
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