Wednesday April 8, 2020

A martyr for the truth

Marie Colvin gave her life in the service of truth, a sentinel and witness who believed that war correspondents send home 'the first draft of history', writes Tom McGurk.

26th February, 2012
For over a century and a half, the role of war correspondents has been as significant as it has been controversial, seeking to inhabit, as they do, a curious no-man's land when the drums begin to roll.

In November 2010 at St Bride's Church in London, war correspondent Marie Colvin gave the address at a service to remember 49 journalists and support servers who had recently died in the line of fire. It was a grim tally to which, tragically, her own name has now been added. She was killed by shellfire in the Baba Amr district of Homs in Syria last week.

In last week's Sunday Times, her magnificent dispatch covering the slaughter...

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