Family of killed US journalist Marie Colvin sues Syria

The family of American journalist Marie Colvin, who died in Syria in 2012, files a lawsuit accusing the Syrian government of deliberately killing her, according to the New York Times.
The family of slain US reporter Marie Colvin has accused the Syrian government of deliberately firing rockets at the makeshift broadcast studio in Homs that she was working from in 2012.
The family of slain US reporter Marie Colvin has accused the Syrian government of deliberately firing rockets at the makeshift broadcast studio in Homs that she was working from in 2012.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The family of American journalist Marie Colvin who died in Syria in 2012 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in a US court, accusing the Syrian government of deliberately killing her, the New York Times reported on Saturday (July 9).

Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs in 2012 while reporting on the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year.

The lawsuit, filed in Washington, said Syrian officials deliberately targeted rockets against a makeshift broadcast studio where Colvin and other reporters were living and working.

The lawsuit, to which the New York Time article provides an online link, said the attack was part of a plan orchestrated at the highest levels of the Syrian government to silence local and international media "as part of its effort to crush political opposition".

Colvin and Ochlik were both prize-winning reporters of wars in the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere. The Britain-based Colvin, who lost an eye while working in Sri Lanka in 2001, was working for the Sunday Times at the time of her death.