Raw in War


“Covering a war means going to places torn by chaos, destruction, and death, and trying to bear witness. It means trying to find the truth in a sandstorm of propaganda when armies, tribes or terrorists clash... 

Journalists covering combat shoulder great responsibilities and face difficult choices. Sometimes they pay the ultimate price... 

Is it worth the cost in lives, heartbreak, loss? Can we really make a difference? I faced that question when I was injured. In fact one paper ran a headline saying, has Marie Colvin gone too far this time? My answer then, and now, was that it is worth it.

Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians…

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…

We do have that faith because we believe we do make a difference.” Marie Colvin,

Address given at a service for war wounded at St. Bride’s Church, London, 2010


This year’s winner is a unique woman, a courageous war correspondent, who dedicated her life to reporting from the frontline of almost every major conflict in recent history. From the war in the Balkans to the armed conflict in Chechnya to the wave of revolutions that ignited the Arab Spring – Marie Colvin was there, bearing witness and giving a voice to those caught up in the heart of the ‘sandstorm’. She did speak truth to power. She exposed the horrors of war and made a difference. 

We honour Marie Colvin for her courage, integrity and passion for truth. She lived a life of courage and truth-telling in the face of grave danger, just as Anna did, and paid for it with her life.

One of the most experienced and noted war correspondents of her generation Marie Colvin lost her life on 22 February 2012 while reporting from the besieged city of Homs, in Western Syria. She had defied the ban on foreign journalists imposed by the Syrian government and entered the country on the back of a motorcycle – ensuring the world would hear about the atrocities against civilians that continue there to this day; hoping that the world would care.

For more information about Marie Colvin as the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, click here.

Download the leaflet for the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award here


The Sunday Times: Marie Colvin honoured with human rights award PDF E-mail

Syrian writer Razan Zaitouneh was the winner of the 2011 RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award, an annual prize given to a woman human rights defender from a conflict zone in the world. Here she addresses the Russian journalist in whose name the prize is awarded - who was killed in Moscow in 2006 by unknown forces - about the winner of this year's award, Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times correspondent who was killed in Syria earlier this year.

Read the article in full at The Sunday Times.

Novaya Gazeta: From Anna Politkovskaya to Marie Colvin PDF E-mail

5 октября в Лондоне в шестой раз вручат Премию имени Анны Политковской. Премия учреждена международной неправительственной организацией Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.(Reach All Women in War— «Помочь каждой женщине в огне войны»). Первым лауреатом премии в 2007 году стала Наталья Эстемирова. В 2008-м — афганская правозащитница Малалай Джоя, в 2009 году премией было отмечено женское движение Ирана One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality. В 2010-м лауреатом стала доктор Халима Башир, правозащитница из Судана. Победителем прошлого года стала журналистка, адвокат по правам человека Разан Зайтунех из Сирии. В прошлом году мы публиковали ее письмо Анне Политковской.

В этом году лауреатом премии названа британская журналистка Мари Колвин, бесстрашный репортер газеты Sunday Times, она погибла в Сирии во время  осады  Хомса 12 февраля этого года. О Мари Колвин  Разан Зайтунех рассказала во втором письме Анне Политковской. Публикуется впервые. 

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Index on Censhorship: From Anna Politkovskaya to Marie Colvin PDF E-mail

Syrian writer Razan Zaitouneh won the Anna Politkovskya Raw in War Award in 2011. She addresses the Russian journalist, who’s assassination remains unsolved, about Marie Colvin, 2012 recipient, who was killed in Syria earlier this year.

Dear Anna,

I feel the irony of fate. Firstly, because I am writing to you again, Anna Politkovskaya, following a year, which passed like a century while we still run between dream and death. Secondly, because I have been commissioned to present the award in your name to another woman who left us while trying to convey the truth that cost her life.

 Read more at Index on Censorship

Natalia Estemirova Remembered PDF E-mail

Sunday 15th July 2012, marked the third anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Natalia Estemirova. In the last week there have been several articles praising Estemirova’s courageous work and highlighting the fact that those responsible for her abduction and murder in Grozny, Chechnya on 15 July 2009 have still not been brought to justice. 


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