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Patrick GOMONT, Mayor of Bayeux, learnt with a profound sadness the death of two new journalists in Syria during the bombardment of a press center opposed to the regime in the district of Baba Amr, in Homs. Rémi Ochlik, a young talented photographer, had been short listed for the Young reporter Prize 2011 for the coverage of the Arabic revolts. His work had been presented during the outdoor exhibition of the Arab Spring last October in Bayeux. Marie Colvin, an American journalist of the Sunday Times, a great signature of war reports, had been selected twice for the Bayeux Calvados Award of war correspondents for her work in Libya (2011) and Irak (2008).

Several journalists were also wounded, among whom Edith Bouvier, a freelance journalist collaborating among others for the French daily paper Le Figaro.

Consternation and revolt

This attack occurs after the death of three other journalists in Homs since the beginning of year 2012:

February 21st 2012, the Syrian citizen-journalist of the Shaam News Network Ramy Al-Sayed had been killed during a bombardment, late in the afternoon, while he was aboard his vehicle. The French journalist Gilles Jacquier of French television France 2 has been killed on January 11th of this year in Homs in circumstances which remain shady, while he had legally entered the country. And on January 2nd, the Syrian journalist Shoukri Ahmed Ratib Abu Bourghoul, wounded by a bullet right in the head on December 30th, died from his wounds at the hospital.

The whole steering committee of the Bayeux Calvados Award of war correspondents joins to the pain of families, close relations, friends and colleagues.