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Marie Colvin mattered – good journalism shines a light to let us see

by | 22nd, February 2012

THE murder of Marie Colvin in Syria is big news. The media has time and scope to lament its own. There is no Ministry of Defence middle man to explain over a still of a fresh face how the dead soldier was a good man. The journalist speaks for herself.

Marie Colvin was killed in Homs, a city besieged by President Assad’s goons. Also killed was photographer Rémi Ochlik. Paul Conroy, a freelance photographer, Edith Bouvier, a reporter with Le Figaro, and French journalist named as William Daniel were all wounded. Three Syrians also died.

As Colvin told CNN hours before her death:

“You can sort of figure out where a sniper is. But you can’t figure out where a shell is going to land.”

Marie Colvin was just 55. She worked for the Sunday Times . She was an American.

Avaaz says 11 shells or rockets hit the house Colvin was working from.

So. What will her death mean? The media matters. Can the media now turn on Assad? Colvin’s last report told us:

These are twenty-eight thousand civilians, men, women and children, hiding, being shelled, defenseless. That little baby is one of two children who died today, one of the children being injured every day. That baby probably will move more people to think, “What is going on, and why is no one stopping this murder in Homs that is happening every day?…“t’s a complete and utter lie they’re only going after terrorists. The Syrian Army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”

Colvin was once the speaker at a service called Truth At All Costs, an event that honoured journalists who have died in war zones over the years. She said:

Your Royal Highness, ladies and gentlemen, I am honored and humbled

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