A French journalist for the France 2’s Envoyé Spécial news magazine, Gilles Jacquier was killed on January 11th, 2012 in Homs, Syria.
Distinguished by several major journalism awards including the prestigious Prix Albert Londres Audio-visual in 2003, Gilles Jacquier began his career as a reporter in 1999. He covered many conflicts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during which he was wounded by sniper fire in Nablus in 2002.
Gilles Jacquier was the first Western journalist killed in Syria.
In an interview with France 2, Alain Juppe paid tribute to Gilles Jacquier:
“I would also like to pay tribute to the memory of Gilles Jacquier, a well-known foreign correspondent who carried out his work for the freedom of expression to its fullest. One way to combat what is happening in Syria is to tell the truth. And for truth be told, the media must have access to Syria. It is extraordinarily risky, as we have just seen, but I believe journalists do honor to their profession taking these risks to uphold the truth and free democratic expression.”
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