Many slain journalists predicted they would be murdered, but continued their reporting until the bloody end. Why did they persist?

Khalid Hassan

"It's near the end for me," Khalid Hassan, Iraq, murdered three days later.

"This time they'll get me," Guillermo Bravo, Colombia, murdered six weeks later.

Marlene Esperat

"I am ready to die for this cause," Marlene Esperat, Philippines, murdered five weeks later in front of her children.

Manik Saha

"I am in danger, anytime I can be killed," Manik Saha, Bangladesh, murdered a year later.

Anna Politkovskaya

"I will be next," Anna Politkovskaya, Russia, stated at the funeral of a murdered colleague before her own murder.

Aleksei Sidorov

"We are under threat of violence; we have to be ready for anything." Aleksei Sidorov (rt.), after the murder of his colleague, Valery Ivanov (lft). Sidorov was then murdered while pursuing the story that led to Ivanov's murder.


"A book of love and passion. The portraits of slain journalists who reported from the world's most dangerous places are unquestionably tragic, but this book is uplifting and even inspiring."

--Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

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