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Marie Colvin

  • Despite all the videos you see from the Ministry of Defence or the Pentagon, and all the sanitised language describing smart bombs and pinpoint strikes, the scene on the ground has remained remarkably the same for hundreds of years. Craters. Burned houses. Mutilated bodies. Women weeping for children and husbands. Men for their wives, mothers children.

    • Marie Colvin,
    • speech (2010), in The Guardian ()
  • We go to remote war zones to report what is happening. The public have a right to know what our government, and our armed forces, are doing in our name. Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history.

    • Marie Colvin,
    • speech (2010), in The Guardian ()
  • ... war reporting is still essentially the same – someone has to go there and see what is happening. You can't get that information without going to places where people are being shot at, and others are shooting at you. The real difficulty is having enough faith in humanity to believe that enough people, be they government, military or the man on the street, will care when your file reaches the printed page, the website or the TV screen.

    • Marie Colvin,
    • speech (2010), in The Guardian ()
  • Bravery is not being afraid to be afraid.

    • Marie Colvin,
    • in The Sunday Times ()
  • [Shortly before her death from an explosive while covering the Syrian civil war:] I think reports of my survival may be exaggerated.

    • Marie Colvin,
    • Facebook post ()

Marie Colvin, U.S. journalist

(1956 - 2012)

Full name: Marie Catherine Colvin.