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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)

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According to the International News Safety Institute, there have been a total of 80 journalists who have died in covering the war in Iraq, including 56 Iraqi journalists.

“Every single civilian death in this war is to be mourned, but a free press is critical for a free and fearless society. Hopes of a new democracy rising from the ashes of post-Saddam Iraq are being buried alongside these brave reporters,” said INSI Director Rodney Pinder.

The others who’d died originated from:  Algeria, Argentina (2), Australia (2), Britain (3), Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan (2), Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Spain (2), Ukraine and the United States (4).

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Most recently 2 journalists died in Syria‘s ever escalating violence.

American journalist Marie Colvin, and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik died in a shelling of their media compound located inside Homs. Colvin is a veteran war correspondent

Colvin was 55.

Ochlik was 30.

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[GRAPHIC VIDEO] Marie Colvin’s last report.

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[GRAPHIC VIDEO] Seems to be actual video account from denouncer of violence in Homs. In the background looks to be the bodies of Colvin and Ochlik. However, unconfirmed.

Reminder again of how dangerous and uncompromising war coverage can be. Unfortunately, she herself became part of the “murders”, as she put it, today.

Gilles Jacquier (LesEchos.fr)

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.

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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.

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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

In 2011, there were 20% more journalists jailed than the prior year.  A total of 179 writers, editors and photojournalists were jailed on December 1. An increase from 145 in 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.

The countries that were the biggest offenders were:  Iran, Eritrea, and ChinaMyanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Syria.

CPJ said the global total is the highest it has been since 1996, when the group counted 185 jailed journalists after Turkey cracked down on ethnic Kurdish reporters.

Additional CPJ Stats:

  • Arrested Since 1992:          892
  • 2011 Imprisoned TTL:       179
  • 2011 Death TTL:                 45

LINK:  Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

• Azerbaijan: 1
• Bahrain: 1
• Burma: 12
• Burundi: 1
• China: 27
• Egypt: 2
• Eritrea: 28
• Ethiopia: 7
• Gambia: 1
• India: 2
• Iran: 42
• Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory: 7
Ivory Coast: 4
• Kazakhstan: 1
• Kyrgyzstan: 1
• Libya: 1
• Morocco: 2
• Rwanda: 2
• Sudan: 4
• Syria: 8
• Thailand: 1
• Turkey: 8
• Uzbekistan: 5
• Vietnam: 9
• Yemen: 2

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