Marie Colvin, James Foley, Daniel Pearl, Jamal Khashoggi, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros: just a few of the 1,337 journalists killed in the line of duty since 1992. All people who wanted to tell stories from places in conflict but did not want to die for their cause. Alas, snipers, assassins and embassy officials had other ideas. Today an important book is published: The Last Column. It contains the final dispatches from 24 journalists before they were slain. The project has been produced with the Committee to Protect Journalists and the help of numerous media organisations.
The initial run of 2,000 books is not for sale (although you can see a copy here) but will be shown in key places to raise awareness. We are honoured to say that in the coming days that will include all Monocle shops.
Although some may shout “fake news” from their positions of power, reporters still risk everything to find truths. The Last Column celebrates their work and we must all be thankful for their sacrifices. In an age of information excess, they cut through with stories that would otherwise never be told.