| Marie Colvin
|Marie Catherine Colvin
12 January 1956
Astoria, Queens, New York City New York, US
|February 22, 2012 (Age 56)
Corporate war reporter. Died while embedded with rebel forces in Syria.
Marie Colvin was an American journalist who worked as a foreign affairs correspondent for the British newspaper The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death. She died while embedded with rebel forces during the siege of Homs in Syria.
In July 2016, lawyers representing Colvin's family filed a civil action against the government of the Syrian Arab Republic claiming they had obtained proof that the Syrian government had directly ordered her assassination.
After her death, Stony Brook University established the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting in her honour. Her family also established the Marie Colvin Memorial Fund through the Long Island Community Foundation, which strives to give donations in Marie's name in honour of her humanitarianism.
In 2018, Marie Colvin’s friend and fellow war correspondent Lindsey Hilsum wrote her biography, taking Colvin from her suburban American childhood into her astonishing and inspiring career as a reporter covering one humanitarian disaster after another in Iraq, Kosovo, East Timor, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Libya. Along the way there are love affairs, friendships and endless parties. Colvin’s energy and passion were irresistible and everyone who encountered her wanted to be her friend, including Yasser Arafat and Muammar Gaddafi.
Her heroine was Martha Gellhorn and the two women had a lot in common, from their backgrounds to their desire to change the world. Colvin shared Gellhorn’s distrust of “all that objectivity shit”. After getting trapped in Kosovo, she declared:
- “When you’re physically uncovering graves in Kosovo, I don’t think there are two sides to the story. To me there is a right and a wrong, a morality, and if I don’t report that, I don’t see the reason for being there.”
|Document:Outrage over killing of journalists is essential
|11 November 2018
|Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
|Above all we need to protect the laws and institutions which would have protected Anna Politkovskaya, Marie Colvin and Jamal Khashoggi had they been universal. We need to treat a threat to journalists anywhere as a threat to journalists everywhere.