Duchess of Cornwall to honour journalists killed 'for bringing us the truth' at St Bride's Church service

The Duchess of Cornwall will honour journalists killed because of their work at a commemoration service to be held at St Bride’s Church.

The annual service at the Fleet Street church, held on 21 November, will also honour camera-crew and support staff killed alongside reporters.

A St Bride’s spokesperson said the service would help to “remind us that there are many journalists who are missing or held captive, and many more who continue to report at great risk”.

The Duchess of Cornwall previously attended the service in 2012.

Sky News foreign affairs editor Sam Kiley will give this year’s address.

St Bride’s head of operations James Irving said: “We demand a great deal of our journalists, foreign correspondents, camera-crew and support staff, expecting them to keep us informed about difficult and dangerous situations in the trouble spots of the world.

“We will be honouring those who have paid the ultimate price in bringing us the truth as they see it, as well as celebrating the profession of journalism, and the priceless value of free speech”.

Picture: Reuters/Tim P. Whitby/Pool

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2 thoughts on “Duchess of Cornwall to honour journalists killed 'for bringing us the truth' at St Bride's Church service”

  1. Spot the bad omission in this quote – St Bride’s head of operations James Irving said: “We demand a great deal of our journalists, foreign correspondents, camera-crew and support staff”. Does he think that photographers sit in the office or the cafe? Demeaning and insulting to our profession. I don’t denigrate the roles of the others but I see plenty reports from correspondents “On the border” and I’ve been phoned by blunts in the office to be asked for a fill on what’s actually happening in the street/conflict. More snappers have been killed and injured while working than and other sector of the industry, yet we are overlooked, which is shameful.

    1. My apologies for this omission, Paul – entirely unintentional as I had intended camera-crew to cover still as well as video photography, but I accept I was wrong and it caused offence. We do acknowledge the work of photographers at St Bride’s, and I do hope you can attend the service as you will not only see commemorative plaques for photographers such as Chris Hondros, Tim Hetherington and Remi Ochlik (alongside Marie Colvin) but also the striking image on the front cover of our order of service. We have always and will always owe a huge debt of gratitude to photographers and photojournalists, despite my clumsy terminology.

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