BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts dies after cancer fight

739703817344_554095727960BBC journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, who was suffering from leukaemia, has died, her husband has said.

Ms Lloyd-Roberts, 64, who had acute myeloid leukaemia, received a stem cell transplant over the summer.

A correspondent for BBC News, she had run a public appeal to find a donor and had been keeping a video diary of her struggle.

In her most recent blog entry, from 21 August. she said she had pneumonia and was confined to bed.

She died on Tuesday evening at University College Hospital, London, following complications from the transplant.

‘Remarkable woman’

Ms Lloyd-Roberts, who had also worked for ITN, reported on events in Syria, Burma and North Korea among many others, and campaigned for human rights.

BBC director general Tony Hall called her a “pioneer video journalist” and praised her “extraordinary” determination and courage.

“She went to dangerous places to give a voice to people who otherwise would not be heard,” he said.

“She was quite simply a remarkable woman who got remarkable stories. She will be deeply missed.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader in Myanmar, also known as Burma, said: “Sue Lloyd-Roberts showed great courage and commitment in reporting from Burma during some of our darkest days, and exemplified my belief that the best journalists are also the nicest.”

Sue Lloyd-Roberts was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

She worked as a journalist for ITN before joining the BBC, reporting on issues including human rights abuses around the world.

In 2011, she was the first journalist into Homs – the so-called “capital of the Syrian revolution”.

Also during her career, she was sentenced in her absence in China to seven years in prison for her reporting, and was one of the first journalists to talk about female genital mutilation.

She was appointed MBE and CBE for her humanitarian journalism.

She also received the European Women of Achievement Award and won an Emmy for her reporting from North Korea.

Ms Lloyd-Roberts was married to BBC producer Nick Guthrie and the couple had been living in Spain, where they ran a rural hotel.

Earlier this year she said she had “always joked that the part of my brain that recognises fear doesn’t exist”.

Describing being shot at in Bosnia, she told the Daily Mail such situations make people “scream or pray”.

“But I picked up my camera,” she said.

“Concentrating on filming displaces you from what’s going on. There is nothing better at dispelling fear than having something constructive to do.”

She called her illness “unnerving”, adding: “When I was working, the decision to go into a dangerous situation was a conscious one. Now it’s different. My life is at risk and it’s not of my choosing.”

Many paid tribute to the journalist, including these tweets from Channel 4’s political correspondent Michael Crick and BBC newsreader Huw Edwards.

Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, described her as a “brilliant and indefatigable journalist”, while the BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet said she was “a brave journalist, kind colleague and wonderful person”.

Sky News presenter Kay Burley paid tribute to “a magnificent woman and journalist”, while BBC news anchor Jane Hill described her as “a role model for female journalists”.


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