Paul Conroy

Paul Conroy


Paul Conroy is a photojournalist and documentary maker, who began his career in the military. He has worked in warzones all over the world, taking photographs and making films for the BBC, Sky TV and the Sunday Times, amongst others.

Conroy was one of the first journalists to enter Libya when the uprising there began in 2011, and his talents meant he was soon teamed with the Sunday Times’ Marie Colvin, hailed as the greatest war reporter of his generation. The pair smuggled themselves into the besieged city of Misrata at a time when most of the foreign press corps had decided it was too dangerous to stay. They ended up covering the brutal shelling of the city for two months, longer than any other journalist team. He spent the next six months working in Libya with Colvin, before working together again in Syria in early 2012 to report on the atrocities being committed. It was to be the pair’s last assignment together. Colvin was killed in a rocket attack in Homs, Syria in February 2012.

Paul’s memoir, Under the Wire, was published by Quercus in June 2013.


Under the Wire: Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment @@reflextv

It’s quite astonishing how these things just wont fade away and die! That said, judging by the rather tepid response to there crowd funding appeal, we won’t be seeing it on air too soon!

Sometimes in this job a subject just grabs you and won't let go. Marie Colvin's remarkable story has done that to me. Here's our piece about her, tied to the release of @aprivatewar. Thanks to the marvelous @reflextv, @lynseyaddario & @MattHeineman

@RonanLTynan @reflextv @RachelSJohnson @stephenfry @thesundaytimes @PeterTatchell #MarieColvin was killed under the bombs of #Assad and the truth is that she should have had national ceremonies for her bravery and integrity. She did not take a picture to impress the gallery, she died as a heroine with several others.

@reflextv @LeilaShami I have endless admiration for all you journalists who persist regardless. I can’t even imagine your frustration, but I’m grateful you do.

Libya people: @AlexCrawfordSky and her team are doing their best to report from Tripoli which is very dangerous and difficult. She is not biased. She has spent time in different parts of the country. There are many versions of events. She is an eyewitness on the ground.

@reflextv @RonanLTynan @Syria_Irl @lindseyhilsum @bbclysedoucet @RachelSJohnson Not only libellous but dangerous and feeding the narrative of Assad and other bloody dictators, adding to risk to lives of journalists already taking huge risks to discover the truth. NUJ members should make formal complaint.

@ChevronRoad @reflextv We followed the same procedures as we would when verifying the identities of any other type of source, working to corroborate details with secondary interviews and, where possible, reviewing documentation relating to their time in detention.

@ChevronRoad @reflextv The story does not imply that everyone is being killed - simply that pace of executions appears to have increased. You will see that claims are sourced to prisoners who witnessed comparative snapshots in the courts, & who were sentenced to death but had reprieve through bribery.

Quite an important difference when you are attempting to make a program about he BBC

FAO #KeithAllen

State media is media for mass communication which is "controlled financially and editorially by the state”

not to be confused with public-sector media ie "funded directly or indirectly by the state, but over which the state does not have tight editorial control

@reflextv Note the names of the people who have "endorsed" his "research". Tells you all you need to know.

@reflextv @ChevronRoad Hi @chevronroad, happy to elaborate on the sourcing in case it's unclear in the thread. The date of death comes from Ali's bayan, which I have seen, and our Sednaya reporting is based on interviews with 27 recently released prisoners, conducted over a period of 9 months.

Quick question about Notre Dame and the religious relics. Does anyone know what kind of thorns, a crown of thorns is made of as it’s done rather well surviving 2000 years and a fire. My dads rose bush is only 6 years old and looks really shit.