Can you imagine A Day Without News?

One year ago, legendary correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Remi Ochlik were killed in Homs, Syria. Evidence from eye witnesses suggests that the journalists were targeted by the Syrian regime in an attempt to limit exposure of the war’s atrocities. Their deaths struck an industry still reeling from a string of tragic losses, including the deaths of photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011.

Watch the U.N. Secretary General’s message of support

“It is unacceptable that those looking to report objectively from conflict zones around the world are deliberately singled out, targeted and murdered with impunity, with those responsible for their deaths not facing any repercussions. Without these journalists bearing witness, atrocities committed in war would go unremarked and it is an equal cruelty that their deaths go without justice. This is a situation that has to change. We are heading towards a day when it will be too dangerous for journalists to enter into or report from war zones.” - Aidan Sullivan, Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development for Getty Images and founder of A Day Without News?

A Day Without News?, launching today, will raise awareness of the risks faced by journalists and photojournalists in war zones, and lobby governments and tribunals to pursue and prosecute those who harm members of the news media. Many media professionals find themselves deliberately targeted when attempting to cover conflicts, and, while it is considered a war crime to do so, there has been little to no enforcement of this international humanitarianlaw.  Over the past decade, 945 photojournalists and correspondents have been killed while covering conflict zones, 583 of these without any resulting prosecutions as war crimes. Ninety journalists were killed in 2012 alone, the deadliest year on record.

Please visit A Day Without News? to learn more and to add your name in support.

Il y a un an, le jeune photographe de guerre français Rémi Ochlik était tué en Syrie lors du bombardement de l’immeuble qu’il occupait avec d’autres journalistes dans le quartier rebelle de Baba Amr. 
A 28 ans, il avait couvert la guerre en République démocratique du Congo en 2008, l’épidémie de choléra à Haïti en 2010, les révoltes tunisienne, égyptienne et libyenne de 2011. 
Ses photos pour ne pas oublier : http://www.ochlik.com/

Anthony Shadid, Remi Ochlik, Marie Colvin: influential reporters who died covering Syria.

I knew of all the deaths the moment they broke news (due to CNN), but the significance didn’t hit me until I read the latest Times and saw the Milestones page honoring the three. Reading a brief summary of their lives inspired me; the dangers they put themselves in to cover the uprising gave me faith. Everyday could have been their last (in fact, Ochlik had just arrived in Syria the day before), yet they pushed ahead to try to spread knowledge of what was happening 7000 miles away.

And then another revelation hit me. It took the deaths of three people dying while doing what they loved for me to finally put things into perspective. In Syria everyday, hundreds are dying for what they believe in— just because they are not foreign or acclaimed doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate their lives or mourn their deaths any less.

Perhaps it seems trivial that I only realized this now, but for me it wasn’t just new understanding. Now I comprehend. It’s one thing to superficially mourn, but another to recognize the sacrifices. These people are strong, these people are brave, and these people are striving forward with a passion I can only hope to one day discover.