Marie Colvin, an American journalist of 55 years, working for the British newspaper Sunday Times, died Wednesday in Homs (Syria) in the shelling of the district of Baba Amro. War correspondent, expert of the Arab world, she had covered many conflicts around the world, recently in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. She intervened regularly in the show "Anderson Cooper 360 °" on CNN, to testify on the situation in Libya or Syria. In one, she describes in particular the living conditions in Homs, and the death of a baby.
Marie Colvin's work has been rewarded many times. She was awarded the British press for "Best foreign correspondent" for his reporting in Yugoslavia, Iran, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, the award for "Courage in Journalism" of the International Foundation of women in the media, and the journalism prize of the year of the Association of Journalists of the foreign press. She also wrote and produced documentaries, includingand Martha Gellhorn, one of the first female war correspondents, known for her coverage of the Spanish Civil War.
SHOOT IN SRI LANKA
Marie Colvin had been repeatedly exposed to the dangers of reporting in the field. She was injured in 2001 in Sri Lanka in an ambush. An article site Tamil "Eelam Nation", reviews the circumstances of the attack that cost him an eye. "Marie Colvin has managed to achieve in the Vanni, controlled by the Tamil miltants, avoiding all the checkpoints of the Sri Lankan armed forces. This was the first visit of a foreign journalist in the area for 6 years ".
Her articles have "infuriated the government" and would have warned of its presence in the region. While a cease-fire had temporarily been declared five days, government troops opened fire on her. The shrapnel hit his shoulder, thigh, chest and eyes.
Despite this injury, Marie Colvin has always vigorously defended the necessity of war reporting. "Our mission is to report the horrors of war with precision and without prejudice," she said.