Colvin and a group of other journalists had all followed the local custom of removing their footwear before entering a building in the besieged city which was being used as a rebel press centre. Marie had returned to retrieve her shoes from a front hallway before moving into a protected area of the house when a rocket landed on the street outside the front door. When I searched Google for more information on Marie, I discovered 94 other people in my Google Plus circles were talking about her.
One of the reasons I have bought the Sunday Times for the past six years was because of her compassionate, clear writing. She had a empathetic way of reporting war's effects on civilians. She did that all the way up to the final report she filed from the beleaguered city of Homs.
I think there's a question the commissioning editor of the Sunday Times needs to answer and it's a matter of technology. As part of the double-truck coverage of Marie Colvin's last hour of life in the Sunday Times, explicit reference is made to how artillery spotters can use RF emissions from a structure when targeting. Specifically, the Syrian military can detect satellite telephony and mobile phone devices in use and then zero their weapons on those emissions. That's a fact of military life. I wonder why the Sunday Times didn't offer Marie Colvin secure telecommunications technology, the kind of gear that's available in after-market sales points. To be secure, Times correspondents would need to operate only in structures where other journalists and fixers switched off their mobile phones and limited their running of wifi hotspots too.
I finger a few other items in the Sunday Times today, including the rise of an entitlement culture among Ireland's politicians, be realistic about getting a technological university designation, and a monument to Che Guevara in Galway.
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Roy Greenslade -- Marie Colvin Obituary, February 22, 2012.