Tribute to Gaby Rado
17 January 1955 - 30 March 2003

Gaby Rado

Gaby Rado © Private

Gaby Rado, foreign affairs correspondent for Channel 4 News, covered most of the major international stories of the past decade. These included the conflict in Afghanistan, the Balkan conflicts and break-up of Yugoslavia, and the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

His track record for breaking international stories was second to none, as was the humanity he brought to his reports and his commitment to reporting human rights issues.

Gaby won three Amnesty International Media Awards, most recently the 2002 Television News category for his powerful and moving account of the human cost of the atrocities committed in the Balkan Wars.

Jon Snow with Gaby Rado's son

Jon Snow with Gaby Rado's son

His earlier Media Awards were given in 1998 for a story about the oppression of the Muslim minority the Uighurs in north-western China and in 1996 for a series of reports on Bosnia / Srebrenica. The quality of his journalism also contributed to many other awards given to Channel 4 News.

After reading English at Christ's College, Cambridge, Gaby began his career in journalism in 1976 as a reporter on the Kentish Times. He moved on to BBC Radio Leicester as a reporter in 1978, followed by BBC Television in 1979 where he worked as a sub-editor for three years. Time off to tour the world followed, before he joined ITN as a writer in 1985. In 1988 he moved to Channel 4 News as a reporter. He was Channel 4 News' Moscow correspondent from 1991 - 1992 and also reported widely on the European community.

Gaby Rado died in Iraq on 30 March 2003, aged 48. He will be much missed.

Dangers Facing Journalists on the Front Line

Recent events have forcefully reminded us of the dangers facing journalists on the front line. At least 13 journalists died while covering the conflict in Iraq during March and April 2003 and some are still missing. In May, award winning film-director James Miller was shot dead in the Gaza Strip. There are many individual journalists that Amnesty International would like to honour. When we remember Gaby Rado, we remember all of them.