One year after famed war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in Syria, the journalism community is marking the anniversary of her death with a day focused on the perils reporters face abroad.
"A Day Without News?" is an international campaign that asks individuals to consider what would happen if the dangers reporters faced were so grave that there was no way to report the news. It aims "to draw sharper attention to the growing numbers of journalists who have been killed and injured in armed conflict, in some cases as a result of direct targeting by the belligerents."
Colvin and Remi Ochlik, the French freelance photojournalist traveling with her, were killed in Syria last year by a shelling attack aimed at a makeshift media center from which they were working. Colvin was on assignment for the Sunday Times. Earlier this month, the Times announced a new policy that it is not accepting freelance copy or photographs from journalists working in Syria "as [they] believe the dangers of operating there are too great."
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) declared Syria the most dangerous country for journalists in 2012, with 28 documented deaths. The New York Times also lost its famed international correspondent Anthony Shadid, who died days earlier from an asthma attack onset from an allergy to horses while trying to cross the border into Syria.
CPJ also declared 2012 the deadliest year for journalists since the committee started tracking deaths in 1992, due to the violence in Syria and a string of murders in Somalia. "A Day Without News?" also seeks to raise support for the organizations that work to protect journalists working under dangerous conditions, including CPJ, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders.
Various news organizations honored "A Day Without News?" on Friday. Time Magazine posted images taken by photographers recently killed while on the job. "It is one quiet way of making certain the world does not forget what they gave their lives for: that a dedication to truth would not be silenced by the insolence of power and the terror of arms; that there will never be a day without news," Time editors wrote.
Photographer Lynsey Addario, who was held captive in Libya in 2011 with three other New York Times journalists (including the late Shadid), will join Christiane Amanpour's CNN show on Friday to discuss the campaign and dangers she has faced while covering war zones. She was also kidnapped while working in Iraq in 2004.