Logan: I feel guilty after Colvin's death
The deaths of two Western journalists in Syria Wednesday highlight the increasing danger journalists covering conflicts overseas now face, says CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan.
She was brutally attacked herself while covering the revolution in Egypt.
Veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, an American who was working for The Sunday Times of Britain, and award-winning French photojournalist Remi Ochlik died Wednesday in the Syrian government's bombardment of the city of Homs.
Speaking from Irvine, Calif. Wednesday, Logan told the co-hosts of "CBS This Morning" that, "You couldn't be part of the foreign media world and travel to these places and not know who Marie Colvin was. She was a legend in her own right. And a pioneer in many ways because, as a woman, she started to do this work a long, long time ago, when it was even more of a man's world than it still is today in some ways."
Logan says regimes with everything to lose in revolts have nothing to lose, and even stand to gain, if journalists covering the revolts get hurt, or worse.
"It's not just Syria. It's every one of these regimes that stands to lose everything. That's the thing that you have to remember as a journalist. When you look at what's happening in the Middle East and since the Arab Spring, these are governments that are about to lose everything they have. They have nothing to lose by playing it nice. They really don't. And if the way they treat their own people is any standard to go by, that's what you can expect.
" ... These regimes will stop at nothing. And journalists today are in a very difficult position in the Middle East, because they can't be independent, third-party witnesses anymore. It's not the same fight. ... You are the enemy of the state. By virtue of what you do. You cannot be considered independent, you cannot be considered a third party in their eyes. And you have to remember that, because it changes the stakes extraordinarily."
Logan admitted that, "When I hear about Marie's death, I feel guilty. I feel a little bit responsible. I feel a little bit like a fraud. ... For doing what she was doing. For being there on the ground, like Marie was, telling the story of people whose voices cannot otherwise be heard. Whose lives otherwise mean nothing. Because if you're not there to record the truth about what's happening to them, then it can't be stopped. No government can ever be pushed into stopping it.
" ... I feel like what Marie was doing, that's what I was meant to be doing. That I should be there on the ground, as well. And I know that I'm not alone in that feeling. A lot of journalists who do this work for the same reasons feel that way. And we believe in that. That it's our responsibility to do it.
"And so it's very hard to hear about this happening to Marie. It's always hardest to hear about it happening to one of the ones you know and that you know to be smart. ... (Colvin and other journalists who've lost their lives in world hotspots) are the kind of people who really knew how to navigate a terrible situation like Homs.
"You have to be smart about the decisions you make. It's not smart for someone like me, after Egypt, to go into a situation like Syria when I know what's at stake and I don't know my own capacity to deal with it anymore. And also, I'm a very public, easy target for the Syrian regime. I have to factor that in now. Which is a very uncomfortable thing for me. I don't like it at all. I'm very good at operating out of the spotlight and now I'm in the spotlight and I would rather be out of it."
To see the full Logan interview, click on the video in the player above.
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