This week brought the sad news of the deaths of two journalists — Marie Colvin
and Remi Ochlik — in Syria. As a testament to their bravery, here’s a first-hand insight into the dangers of war reporting written for The Spectator in 1991 by Con Coughlin, who was covering
the Gulf War for the Sunday Telegraph.
Trying to sleep in a gas mask, Con Coughlin, The Spectator, 26 January 1991
Con Coughlin in Saudi Arabia explains how journalists survive Saddam’s Scuds
Thanks to Saddam Hussein and his Scud missile batteries, our lives are dictated by the wail of air raid sirens.