“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
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.” –
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.