The Deaths Of Journalism

cassattMary Cassatt’s Children Playing on the Beach, or a painting much like it, stars in Daniel Silva’s riveting thriller Moscow Rules, about a Russian oligarch whose promiscuous weapons sales put him in bed with al-Qaeda. The deal with the devil is uncover by a brave editor in Moscow.

A former UPI foreign correspondent who’s married to NBC’s Jamie Gangel, Silva, in extensive author’s notes, reminds us that while journalism appears to be dying in the U.S., elsewhere it’s the journalists:

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 47 reporters, editors, cameramen, and photographers have been killed in Russia since 1992, making it the third-deadliest country in the world in which to practice the craft of journalism, after Iraq and Algeria. Fourteen of those deaths occurred during the rule of Russian president [now PM] Vladimir Putin, who undertook a systematic crack-down on press freedom and political dissent after coming to power in 1999. Virtually all the murders were contract killings, and few have been solved or prosecuted.

Silva also thanks Jean Becker, “amazing” chief of staff to former President and Barbara Bush. Hear hear! Jean has also extended many kindnesses to the Nixon family and Foundation over the years.


I should have noted that my colleague David Stokes beat me to Silva’s yarn by fourh months. Read his excellent comments here.