Anyone who worked with or met Marie Colvin, or consumed her extraordinary output, knew she was more than just a great journalist. She was also a huge personality bursting with compassion for the suffering that her reporting showed us. She was a compelling writer with an eye for the human detail and a strong sense of the urgent narrative of conflict. But she also believed passionately in the importance of what she and other journalists covering conflict were doing. She was killed doing that job along with French photographer Remi Ochlik.
There was no doubt from her last reports from Homs in Syria that she thought this was as desperate a situation as any she has covered over the decades.
There has been some awe-inspiring reporting from Syria over the last few months by both citizens and some very brave journalists. But Marie’s last dispatches were heart-stopping. They had the power to make you think properly about what was going on. You hoped they had that effect on politicians, too.