Syria has officially said it is not responsible for the deaths of 2 Western journalists who snuck into Syria to cover the crisis going on there. Yesterday we’ve received news that American journalists Marie Colvin and French photo journalist Remi Ochlik were killed when the home they were staying in was shelled. We are joined now to discuss this with Mikhail Roshchin, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Marie Colvin and the role of female journalists covering war
The world is mourning the loss of American journalist Marie Colvin. Colvin who worked for the British newspaper the Sunday Times was killed this week in Homs. She’d crossed into the country in defiance of the Syrian government notice that foreign journalists be prohibited from covering the blooding Syrian uprising. Colvin was a veteran reporter, she covered conflicts in Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and East Timor. She was credited with saving the lives of 1500 women and children from a compound siege by Indonesian supported forces. Colvin left sight in her left eye back in 2001 Sri Lanka grenade attack. The Syrian army had pledged to kill “any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil”. The people of Homs mourned on the streets in honor of Colvin and a colleague killed with her. Colvin’s death raises the questions about the role of women who cover war. How can they be supported? What is their role and what should be the role of telling the stories of the women who are affected by the war and uprisings? Joining us to discuss this are Liza Gross, Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and Elizabeth Becker, Correspondent for New York Times and Washington Post, most recently specializing in trade development and agriculture.
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