A Dangerous Profession

War is an equal opportunity killer. Munitions don’t care if you are young or old, Russian or Ukrainian, combatant or correspondent. That’s why I can honestly say that journalists are some of the bravest people out there because they are constantly putting themselves in harm’s way with no ability or intent to fight back. Instead, they are neutral observers, the eyes and ears of curious people.

We have recently learned of the death of one of these brave reporters, photojournalist Maksym (Max) Levin.

Mr. Levin is pictured in a 2018 photo taken in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Image Credit: Inna Varenytsia/AP

The Ukrainian-born Max, who had worked in the past for organizations such as Reuters, the BBC, and numerous Ukrainian news outlets, had been missing since March and was found dead in April. He had been reporting from locations around the capital of Kyiv when he disappeared.

RSF (Reporters Without Borders) sent two investigators to gather evidence on Levin’s death. Levin was one of at least Twenty-Three journalists killed performing their duties in Ukraine since the war began in February. He was killed along with the soldier accompanying him and acting as his bodyguard. RSF published a 16-page report on their findings, which can be read here. Its contents were instrumental in helping me write this article.