Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid says his late cousin, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, blamed his employer for his death this year in Syria.
Ed Shadid made the remarks during a speech this weekend at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee convention in Washington.
Shadid said his cousin had a heated phone conversation with his New York Times editors before he departed for Syria, the last of many assignments in Anthony Shadid's career that took him to war-torn foreign soil.
“It was at this time that he called his wife and gave his last haunting directive that, ‘If anything happens to me, I want the world to know The New York Times killed me,'” according to a transcript of Ed Shadid's remarks reported by Politico.
Anthony Shadid, 43, an Oklahoma City native, died in February of a suspected asthma attack while covering internal strife in Syria.
Ed Shadid told The Oklahoman on Monday he made the remarks because of concerns the journalism industry doesn't provide the appropriate preparation and support for reporters on dangerous assignments.
Shadid said he has emails and voice recordings supporting his assertions regarding Anthony Shadid's thoughts on his death, but had not provided them to The Oklahoman by Monday evening.
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