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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 22, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    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.

    • barbera.o says:

      That kind of courage is the mark of a great warrior.

      RIP Marie Colvin.

      The callous massacre of defenceless civilians going on in Syria at this time is diabolical.

    • RPE McCarthy says:

      Brave yes and a loss. But no braver nor greater a loss because she was a woman, just brave because she was a great reporter who told stories from the front line under the most extreme conditions imaginable. Your colleague Mary Fitzgerald fiercely made that point recently.

      While not inevitable, given the turmoil in what Fred Halliday called the Arc of Crisis in his 1980 classic, someone spending that much time in the crescent that stretches from Morocco to Indonesia across the middle east may very well find themselves in a sticky situation one cannot escape.

      It is the price that we who enjoy democracy pay for understanding the plight of those that do not.

      It is a shame that News Corporation’s tawdry maw is by insinuation associated with so noble an example of journalism. She represents all the good the profession can do and serves to contrast the pall the profession has been cast into by her former employer’s owners.

    • @2: Nobody has suggested that Marie Colvin was more or less brave because of her gender which had nothing to do with her tragic fate as far as we know.

    • RPE McCarthy says:

      Deaglán, you were forcor for a while if memory serves.

      There does tend to be a sense of wonderment about female warcors and to state otherwise is misleading. I agree of course that she was not killed because she was a woman.

    • arbera says:

      Any outrage from Gilmore on this yet………not going to close our Honorary Consul at Damascus is he?

    • Maeve says:

      I know we are not supposed to have hero(ines) but Marie Colvin has been my heroine since I watched her astonishing courage in East Timor. She is a terrible loss, and I hope her body WILL be recovered quickly. I read today her route into Syria may now be impossible. Deepest sympathy to her family.

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