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Marie Colvin died wanting the Syrian story to get out

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

imageVeteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed today in the Syrian city of Homs not long after a heartrending phone remote to CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and other outlets last night, asked a colleague for a professional favor days before she died: NYT’s Media Decoder says the American correspondent for London’s Sunday Times asked that the colleague share her latest article from Syria with nonsubscribers, part of her credo that the Syrian story she was dedicated to covering reach the widest possible audience, and not be stuck behind a pay wall. “You have my permission to post it, as in I will take the firing squad in the morning,” she’s quoted as having said.

Add: Meanwhile, her mother says Colvin, who’d lost an eye covering the civil war in Sri Lanka and famously wore a patch, had intended to come home the day before she was killed along with French photojournalist Remi Ochlik but had decided to stay over another day to finish a story. There are reports that the Syrian regime may have intentionally targeted the journalists.

Noted: The NYT’s The Lede blog has updates on Colvin’s death, including word that Syrian activists have posted graphic video said to show the bodies of Colvin and Ochlik buried beneath rubble. Below, Colvin’s CNN appearance from last night, relating having just witnessed the death of a young boy: 

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