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Fleet Street remembers journalists killed in Ukraine

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From St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street, a service of commemoration and support for journalists working under fire.

This unique church has been offering pastoral care for centuries to news professionals.

It remembers not only those killed in the line of duty but helps journalists wounded and captured, and offers comfort to their family, colleagues and friends.

Thursday’s service, called ‘Under Fire: Journalists and Ukraine’, was supported by the London Press Club and the Journalists’ Charity.

We asked the Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce how the nature of risk faced by journalists reporting in conflict zones has evolved and the church’s role when the worst happens.

The service was packed with industry colleagues, from print to radio, television and web.

Readings were given by speakers including Patrick Kidd, diary editor at The Times and Caroline Wyatt, former BBC defence and war correspondent, and now a presenter on Radio 4’s PM programme.

After the service, we caught up with Caroline and asked about the role of news reporters in getting to the truth amid the bullets, bombs and social media propaganda.

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