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Photo Credit: Edouard Elias/Haytham Pictures/Courtesy The Associated Press

OLIVIER  VOISIN

*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.

News Organization: FREELANCE

Died: 2013

Location: TURKEY

War: SYRIAN CIVIL WAR (2011-

French photographer Olivier Voisin sneaked across the Turkish border into Syria, dodging land mines and hiding from border guards. Days later, he was hit by shrapnel while covering fighting between rebels and government forces. He died three days later, at age 38. Voisin had worked in some of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, including Libya and Somalia. French President François Hollande said, “His death is a tragic reminder of the risks taken by journalists to inform our fellow citizens, regardless of the dangers.” Syria’s civil war has been deadly for journalists; more than 60 journalists have been killed since the war began in 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.