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Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43

New York Times  February 16. 2012

Anthony Shadid, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent who died on Thursday at 43, had long been passionately interested in the Middle East, first because of his Lebanese-American heritage and later because of what he saw there firsthand.

Mr. Shadid spent most of his professional life covering the region, as a reporter first with The Associated Press; then The Boston Globe; then with The Washington Post, for which he won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 2010; and afterward with The New York Times. At his death, from what appeared to be an asthma attack, he was on assignment for The Times in Syria.

Mr. Shadid’s hiring by The Times at the end of 2009 was widely considered a coup for the newspaper, for he had been esteemed throughout his career as an intrepid reporter, a keen observer, an insightful analyst and a lyrical stylist. Much of his work centered on ordinary people who had been forced to pay an extraordinary price for living in the region — or belonging to the religion, ethnic group or social class — that they did.

He was known most recently to Times readers for his clear-eyed coverage of the Arab Spring. For his reporting on that sea change sweeping the region — which included dispatches from Lebanon and Egypt — The Times nominated him, along with a team of his colleagues, for the 2012 Pulitzer in international reporting. (The awards are announced in April.)

In its citation accompanying the nomination, The Times wrote:

“Steeped in Arab political history but also in its culture, Shadid recognized early on that along with the despots, old habits of fear, passivity and despair were being toppled. He brought a poet’s voice, a deep empathy for the ordinary person and an unmatched authority to his passionate dispatches.”

Please read more about Anthony Shadid here

February 17, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Journalists | , , , | Leave a comment

What news organizations owe the fixers they rely on, leave behind in foreign countries

by Steve Myers at Poynter Published May 18, 2011 3:23 pm Updated May 18, 2011 4:00 pm

Afghan mourners look at a picture of slain Afghan translator Ajmal Naqshbandi during a gathering to condemn Naqshbandi’s killing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. (Farzana Wahidy/AP)

When four New York Times journalists were released by the Libyan government in March, many journalists knew their names: Stephen Farrell, Anthony Shadid, Lynsey Addario, Tyler Hicks. Fewer could name the person with them who is still missing and may be dead: Mohamed Shaglouf, their driver.

In 2009, British commandos rescued Stephen Farrell from his Taliban captors; his translator was killed and his body left behind. His name: Sultan Munadi. That same year, freelance photojournalists Addario and Teru Kuwayama were hurt and their driver was killed in a car crash in Pakistan. The driver was a well-known “fixer”: Raza Khan.

When the Taliban kidnapped an Italian journalist in 2007, they beheaded his driver, Sayed Agha. The journalist was freed; his translator, Ajmal Naqshbandi, was killed. Jill Carroll’s interpreter was killed when she was abducted in Iraq in 2006. His name: Alan Enwiya.

Their names are unfamiliar because they work in the background, arranging transportation, translating, finding sources, figuring out what’s safe and what’s not. Sometimes these people are journalists themselves, sometimes they just know English and know people.

Even in death, they’re practically nameless, known by what they were doing when they were killed: Farrell’s translator, Addario and Kuwayama’s driver; Carroll’s interpreter.

Please read the entire post at Poynter

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Journalists, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four New York Times staffers go missing in Libya

By Joshua Norman CBS News March 16, 2011

Covering the various uprisings in the Middle East has proven incredibly hazardous for the journalism profession, no more so than in Libya.

Just last week, an Al Jazeera cameraman was shot and killed covering the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi.

On Wednesday, an award-rich team of reporters and photographers from the New York Times went missing, the paper announced.

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In a report on the newspaper’s Media Decoder blog, it states:

“Editors at the paper said they were last in contact with the journalists on Tuesday morning New York time. The paper said it had received second-hand reports that members of its reporting team on the ground in the port city of Ajdabiya had been swept up by Libyan government forces.”

The Times’ executive editor Bill Keller said the Libyan government has assured the paper that they will find and return the journalists as soon as possible, if they were indeed captured by government forces.

The missing journalists are all combat-reporting veterans. They are: reporter Anthony Shadid, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2010 for his Iraq war coverage; reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2009 and later freed by British commandos; photographer Tyler Hicks, who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, to name a few; and photographer Lynsey Addario, who has also covered most of the world’s large conflicts in the last decade.  Please read the entire story here

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Journalists, Libya, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment