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Recently, 2 western journalists died, via a indiscriminate bombing, near Homs, Syria.  Both Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were determined, from reports, of believing in their work and necessity. Many of us can understand their zeal and passion for the work, which would be invaluable addition to the public records.

Remi Ochlik is a photojournalist. His work is very very good. Here’s a sample of his recent portfolio. Times Blog here has done a salute to his work.

See the portfolio HERE.  I tip my hat, as well.

photo by Remi Ochlik (via Lightbox.Time.Com / Polaris)


Gilles Jacquier (

Television cameraman and an award-winning journalist, Gilles Jacquier, was killed during an authorized travel tour in Syria. He was 43 years old.

He was traveling with other reporters, authorized in Homs, when the group was attacked by pro-regime forces armed with RPG shells, allegedly. Eight Syrian civilians were also killed in the attack, including injury to a Belgium journalist and a Dutch freelance journalist.

Christophe Kenck, a colleague of Jacquier, said that the two France 2 employees were interviewing merchants when a pro-government demonstration assembled. Subsequently, the attack ensued.


Video of the attack and documentation of the carnage, is provided by Addounia TV (alleged government backed channel), and was posted on YouTube showing the graphic nature of the results, to Jacquier and others.


NOTE:  deaths are vividly recorded on this video.

The chaos starts from 2:00

Sources:  The Huffington Post, The New York Times, BBC News, International Business Times, Addounia TV, Les Echos

Swedish journalists Johan Persson, left, and Martin Schibbye (Jonas Gratzer/Kontinent A/AFP/Getty Images) via Guardian UK

Freelance photojournalist Johan Persson (29) and freelance journalist Martin Schibbye (31), were found guilty by an Ethiopian court.

The two Swedish journalists were captured in June (2011) already crossed illegally into Ethiopia, embedded with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group, allegedly investigating human rights abuses linked to the exploitation of oil from that region, surrounding refugees. They’d tagged along with the rebel insurgence group, to be guided along the region. The ONLF has been fighting the established government for control, since the 1970’s.

Ethiopia recently officially designated the ONLF as a terrorist organisation, complimenting other precedence.

Amnesty International has called on Ethiopia to release the two, immediately and unconditionally.

Read Further:  The Guardian UK


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