French photographer killed in Syria

2013-02-25 22:42
Photographer Olivier Voisin died of shrapnel wounds sustained in Syria. (Picture: AFP)

Photographer Olivier Voisin died of shrapnel wounds sustained in Syria. (Picture: AFP)

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Paris - Olivier Voisin listed work in 15 countries, half of them war zones.

He described the rush of bearing witness to a conflict that otherwise could go unrecorded.

On Sunday, the 38-year-old French freelance photographer became the 23rd journalist killed in fighting in Syria after he died of shrapnel wounds sustained days earlier.

Christophe Deloire, head of Reporters Without Borders, was among those remembering Voisin on Monday.

He said that freelance photographers covering the conflict in Syria do so to bear witness, even without knowing whether they will be able to sell their work.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also honoured Voisin, saying that "France reiterates its dedication to freedom of the press."

In addition to 23 professional journalists, 54 citizen-journalists have also died in Syria.

Read more on:    reporters without borders  |  laurent fabius  |  syria  |  syria conflict

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