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自分が読んで興味深く感じた英文記事を中心に取り上げる予定です

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以前紹介したジャーナリストのマリーコルバンの映画ですが、来週からイギリスで公開されるためかイギリスメディアが取り上げています。既出のトピックが改めて出る場合は、何かしらの理由があると見た方が良さそうですね。

彼女の伝記を書いたLindsey HilsumもFinancial Timesに寄稿していました。映画でもPTSDのことは描いていますが、彼女をヒーローに仕立てあげることには警鐘を鳴らしています。

The late war reporter’s work made her a role model to many. But are we guilty of overlooking the personal cost?
Lindsey Hilsum FEBRUARY 6, 2019

Since the biography was published, a stream of young women have told me, either in person or on Twitter, that they see Marie as a role model. Many aspire to be journalists or have already started out. “Thank you for immortalising Marie Colvin, journalist war heroine,” wrote one. Although I would never discourage anyone from following a trade that has absorbed and thrilled me all my life, I nonetheless feel uneasy. In an age of celebrity, people are drawn to those who achieve fame and glamour, but without dwelling on the personal cost.

Economistの方は、映画を褒めていますが彼女のユーモアも忘れないで欲しいと一言付け加えています。

Humanity in extremis
The film is a thrilling, devastating portrait of the war correspondent who died in 2012
Feb 5th 2019by K.S.C.

If one thing has been lost in this earnest pursuit to create what Mr Heineman has called “a love letter to journalism and an homage to Marie”, it is Colvin’s famous sense of fun. There are comic touches, but they serve to foreshadow what is to come. “This isn’t a bra, this is La Perla. If anyone is going to pull my corpse from a trench, I want them to be impressed.” And: “This is the last time,” she says in the basement of a bombed-out building hours before her death, that “I book a fucking vacation on the internet.”

ただマリー・コルバンが戦場ジャーナリストのアイコンになっているのは否定できません。ワシントンポストのスーパーボールでの報道を擁護するCMで彼女もサウジの故カッショギ記者と共に登場していました。



映画の公開に合わせた訳ではありませんが、先月末にアメリカの裁判所がコルバンの殺害にシリア政府が関与していると賠償金の命令を命じました。なぜ外国での出来事をアメリカの裁判所が裁けるのかはTIMEが説明してくれています。アメリカはテロ支援の国には主権を認めていないようです。

U.S. COURT FINDS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT LIABLE FOR DEATH OF JOURNALIST MARIE COLVIN
By ASHRAF KHALIL / AP Updated: January 31, 2019 11:58 PM ET

Technically foreign governments are immune from jurisdiction in U.S. courts through the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. However, that immunity is lifted for alleged crimes against American citizens by governments classified as a “state sponsor of terrorism.” Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is using a similar approach to sue the Iranian government, which jailed him for more than 500 days on espionage charges.

Colvin’s sister, Cathleen, said she had initially assumed Marie’s death was a tragic accident, the kind that could happen to any journalist in a war zone. She decided to pursue a lawsuit after speaking with Paul Conroy, a photographer who was working with Marie Colvin and was injured in the same shelling. Conroy, a veteran of the British Army’s Royal Artillery, told her the media center wasn’t hit by haphazard shelling but by “bracketing,” a recognized artillery technique used to home in on a specific target.

ニューヨークタイムズでは、この裁判を受けて独裁政権に対する報道の自由を擁護する社説を出していました。

A federal court orders Syria’s government to pay the American journalist’s family $302.5 million for what the judge called her deliberate killing.
By The Editorial Board

Dictators have always tried to silence a free press. But the deliberate targeting of reporters like Ms. Colvin reflects a new and distressing trend among authoritarian leaders to view the independent media solely as an enemy to be eliminated, if necessary by death. The Syrian documents presented in court had Syrian leaders celebrating her death.

To them, Judge Jackson said, independent reporters were “enemies of the state.” That is not so different from President Trump’s depiction of the press as “enemies of the people” or his relentless unloading on “fake news” at his rallies — words that can only encourage violence against journalists.

Against that, it is good to know that an American judge is prepared to let Mr. al-Assad, and thereby all autocrats who seek to silence free speech, know that their actions have a heavy cost, to their people and, one hopes, to themselves.

パスポート取り上げを政府がしたら、Dictators have always tried to silence a free pressの中に含まれてしまうのでしょうかね。
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