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Salah Al-Nasrawi

The Myth of Middle East Reporting

[Anthony Shadid at a meeting of the National Press Club in 2007. Image by Terissa Schor. From Wikimedia Commons.]

The tragic death of Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin, two celebrated American reporters in chaotic Syria last month, has generated due tributes from colleagues and readers who admired their Middle East coverage over more than two decades. Shadid, a New York Times reporter, who died of an apparent asthma attack, and Colvin of the Sunday Times, who was killed in shelling in Homs, were also praised for their sense of duty to go on secret assignments, braving Bashar Al-Assad's ...

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