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Wednesday, August 03, 2005


FREE LANCE JOURNALIST STEVEN VINCENT MURDERED IN BASRA, IRAQ 

Enterprising and brave journalist was killed in Iraq - here is his blog, In the Red Zone and his book, In The Red Zone: A Journey Into The Soul Of Iraq



U.S. freelance journalist slain in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- An American freelance journalist was found shot to death in the Iraqi city of Basra early Wednesday, officials said.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman confirmed Steven Vincent's body was found, and that his family has been notified.

A Western official said Vincent suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He had been abducted, along with a translator, by unknown gunmen, but the translator survived, the official said.

It was unclear when the abduction took place.

Vincent was in Basra writing a book about the history of the city. He also maintained a Web blog about life in Iraq, and most recently had an op-ed piece in The New York Times on Sunday.

According to the Web site of his publishing company, Vincent's work appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harper's, The Christian Science Monitor, Art and Auction, and National Review Online, along with other art and political journals. He was a resident of New York for 25 years, the site said.

Vincent was an eyewitness to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and traveled twice to Iraq afterward, paying his own way and "traveling without security or official connections, living by his wits," according to the Spence Publishing site.

The result was his book, "In the Red Zone: A Journey into the Soul of Iraq," published late last year. Vincent dedicated the book to those who lost their lives in the attacks.


CNN.com - U.S. freelance journalist slain in Iraq - Aug 3, 2005

His article for NATIONAL REVIEW published Tuesday, On Again, Off Again - A power problem in Basra

And his Op-Ed piece for the SUNDAY NEW YORK TIMES (7/31), Switched Off in Basra - New York Times


We learned a lot from Mr. Vincent - his remarkable career and life should not have ended in this terrible and tragic way; thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Update: Kathryn Jean Lopez says he was murdered in pursuit of truth.

Michelle Malkin has a great roundup of memories and remembrances.



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