Brave Journalist Dies in the Line of Duty
Deaglán de Bréadún
It was very shocking and sad to learn about the death of Marie Colvin, Sunday Times foreign correspondent, who was killed with a French colleague in Syria http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0222/breaking13.html
It goes without saying that war reporting is a dangerous business and there were obviously huge risks in covering the Syrian uprising. We should be grateful to the brave journalists who go into the gap of danger to get the story.
Marie Colvin had previously lost an eye in Sri Lanka. She was clearly a woman of great courage and commitment. I recall meeting her briefly some years ago and a very nice person she was.
A great loss, then, to journalism. She was in many ways a national figure and will no doubt get a big funeral when her remains are brought back home. One’s sympathies go to her family, friends and colleagues on this sad day.