A young photographer, Rémi Ochlik, a Sunday Times journalist, Marie Colvin, and a Syrian citizen journalist, Rami al-Sayed, have been killed in shelling in the city of Homs, Syria, today. A witness told Reuters that a shell hit the house in which Ochlik and Colvin were staying in the city’s Bab Amro district. Al-Sayed was killed in the same shelling.
Ochlik was a young photojournalist, but had covered an incredible amount of the revolutions of the past year, photographing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and finally Syria. Colvin, an American, was a respected veteran journalist, who has been in the business for decades. She was noted for her reporting for Sri Lanka, where she was injured and since had worn an eyepatch. Just yesterday she reported in a video for the BBC, in which she discussed the horrors of what she was seeing. Al-Sayed was a noted citizen journalist who ran a live stream of the Homs bombardment relied upon by mainstream media outlets. Read activist Shakeeb al-Jabri’s tribute to him.
— Colleen Steffen
War photographers’ last battle zone
Award-winning photographer Chris Hondros was killed shortly after taking this dramatic picture Wednesday of a rebel fighting house-to-house in the besieged town of Misurata.
Tim Hetherington, an Oscar-nominated film director and war photographer, was also killed when they were hit by mortar fire in Tripoli Street, the main thoroughfare and focus of fighting in the city.
The photographers were following rebels who had forced soldiers loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi into houses in Tripoli Street. When the soldiers refused to surrender, the rebels went house to house, setting fires and shooting.
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DEAR GOD YES
Let me offer you a hypothetical:
A young man enlists in the military, is sent off to war, and is killed in the line of duty.
How do his countrymen usually react to such an event?
Do they cynically blow it off? Do they blame him for his own death? Do they say things like “Well what did he expect? He knew the risks, but he went in there anyway, like an idiot. He deserved it.”
No, not in my experience. Instead, they usually cry a lot, hold a big funeral, talk about what a brave and heroic and noble guy he was, give him medals, maybe even erect a statue in memorial of him and his fallen comrades, and praise him for serving his country so valiantly.
Lara Logan was also serving her country. Actually she was serving the whole world. She and all the other reporters in Egypt played a vital role in keeping the rest of the world informed about the triumphs and atrocities of the Egyptian revolution. Of course she knew the risks she faced, but rather than wringing her hands and hiding under the bed, she bravely risked her life and well-being in order to do what needed to be done. She should be praised for her devotion to her craft and her willingness to help others.
So why are people still snidely pointing out her hair color or her level of physical attractiveness or what she was wearing? Why are they still acting like it was her fault that she got raped? Like the hypothetical soldier, she took great risks and made a great sacrifice in service to her country and the world, yet unlike the soldier, she’s been mocked, derided, and blamed for what she’s suffered. Why the double standard? Why is the soldier praised as “brave” while Logan gets labelled “stupid” and “naive”? Are we as a culture really that fanatically devoted to blaming rape victims?
If that soldier was a hero for knowingly risking his safety because he believed it was the right thing to do, then so is Lara Logan.