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22/02/2012

RIP Maria Colvin et al

Today the Times correspondent Marie Colvin has died, along with French journalist Remi Ochlik, reporting on the Homs massacres. This is further to reports of prominent Arab videoblogger Rami al-Sayed dying in Syria this week.

These are of course not the only tragic deaths in Syria, and I make no claim to have connection with them other than the fact I also write, but these events leave me feeling particularly saddened and humbled. It is easy for us to sit here and write in the comfort of our homes about freedom, it is requires an incomparable amount of courage - and skill - to write from streets drenched in gunfire and bombs where the battle for freedom is taking place.

Tristian Stewart-Roberton provides a fitting tribute to / comment on the importance of professional journalists here.  And here is a prayer from St Bride's Fleet Street, the 'journalist's church':

Almighty God, strengthen and direct, we pray, the will of all whose work it is to write what many read, and to speak where many listen. 

May we be bold to confront evil and injustice: understanding and compassionate of human weakness; rejecting alike the half-truth which deceives, and the slanted word which corrupts. 

May the power which is ours, for good or ill, always be used with honesty and courage, with respect and integrity, so that when all here has been written, said and done, we may, unashamed, meet Thee face to face. 

Amen.

1 comment:

Bill Baar said...

Very sad news... getting the information out on the slaughter in Syria important work. These Journalists gave their lives doing that.