Tributes flow for NZ journalist Yasmine Ryan
GLOBAL: Tributes flow for NZ journalist Yasmine Ryan who covered Arab Spring
Yasmine Ryan ... a "global" freelance journalist who died tragically in
Turkey last month. Image: PMW
Thursday, December 14, 2017
AUCKLAND (Stuff/Pacific Media Watch): New
Zealand journalist Yasmine Ryan, credited with being the
first reporter writing in English about the Arab Spring from
her base in Tunisia, has been farewelled at a funeral held in Auckland today, reports
Ryan died in Turkey at the age of 35 after reportedly falling from the fifth storey of a friend's apartment building in Istanbul on November 30.
Friends and family gathered at St Patrick's Cathedral to farewell the much-loved and respected journalist.
Deborah, spoke during the service of her daughter's goodwill
in the field of journalism.
"She believed in journalism, she believed in good journalism," she said. "She did everything for women in journalism, did everything for everybody.
"She [Yasmine] died doing what she loved most."
Yasmine was working as a freelance journalist, based in Tunis, Tunisia, while writing exclusively "on the significance of a rising movement now known as the Arab Spring", recalled investigative journalist Selwyn Manning in his eulogy.
Much of her work on this topic was published
in Al Jazeera English, The Independent, and The
New York Times.
She was later a fellow of the World Press Institute visiting the United States in 2016.
Yasmine won an International Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2010 for a story about Algerian boat migrants.
She also worked as an online producer and video journalist for other media such as the International Herald Tribune, and the independent New Zealand news agency Scoop.
Yasmine also contributed to Pacific Scoop and Pacific Journalism Review.
Friends and colleagues described her as a "selfless human" and "a fearless woman".
Selwyn Manning, who had worked with Ryan at
Scoop, said: "Yasmine's significance throughout the
theatre within which she worked was measured by the vital
information that she revealed, and brought an understanding
+ "those right in the midst of crisis,
+ "those seeking justice and common-ground, and
+ "those who are part of a great diaspora that divides people from their families and cultures."
Ryan was co-author with Manning and Katie Small of I Almost Forgot About the Moon about the human rights campaign in support of Algerian asylum seeker Ahmed Zaoui and his family's right to stay in New Zealand.
Theologian Zaoui was at the ecumenical funeral today where he said prayers in Arabic for Ryan.
Māori and Hebrew prayers were also given at the funeral
with Monsignor Bernard Kiely as celebrant.
A GiveALittle page set up by Jacinta Forde, who works at the University of Waikato with Ryan's father, said her dad had "left on the first plane to Turkey ... to bring her back home to New Zealand".
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