Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was killed in Syria in February 2012. She died reporting the injustices of conflict, determined to uncover truth from one of the most dangerous places on earth. Marie believed passionately in the rights of women and their power to create change wherever they live.
Marie took every opportunity to offer advice and mentoring to young female journalists just starting out – while being a constant friend and sounding-board to fellow, experienced reporters.
Not long before her death, Marie was introduced to The Circle, so her friends, Lyse Doucet, Lindsey Hilsum, and Jane Wellesley, felt that the best way to remember Marie was to set up The Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network as a project through The Circle, in order to continue her practical support for women producing quality independent journalism.
See below for more details about The Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network…
What we have achieved
Every year, around the anniversary of Marie’s death, at The Marie Journalists’ Network holds a party to celebrate her life and work and to keep our supporters up to date on the Network’s activities. In previous years, the event has been attended by some top journalists and foreign correspondents, including Jon Snow, Lyse Doucet and Lindsey Hilsum.
In January 2019, they organised a film screening of A Private War, a film starring Rosamund Pike that follows the incredible life of Marie Colvin. All funds raised were donated to the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network.
Dima Hamdan, Editor of the Network, joined us at The Circle’s Annual Gathering in March 2019 to speak about the inspirational work that they’re doing.
In recent months, The Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network has launched their first social media in order to further raise awareness of their work and the issues faced by local, female journalists.