Libya: Sky reporter’s husband backs her war mission
Published 29/08/2011 | 09:01
Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford's husband defended her against "those who tried to pigeonhole her as a woman, wife and mother" and expressed his support for her.
Ms Crawford, whose highly commended reporting from Libya has made her something of a star, bridles at being labelled "a female reporter", Richard Edmondson said.
Also guaranteed to make her angry is the suggestion "she does not care much about her children", he said.
"Tell her that a woman journalist should not be going to war zones, especially when there are kids back home to cuddle," he wrote in The Independent.
"It would be a swifter end than strychnine."
Ms Crawford, who entered Tripoli with the rebel convoy, told the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday that "it's frankly really insulting and very, very sexist" when people tell her she should not be doing the job she does.
Speaking live by satellite link from Libya, she said: "I'm working alongside today the chief correspondent who's a man who's got three children and there will be no-one who says 'what do you think you're doing, how awful, what are you doing to your children?'"
Her husband, a former Independent journalist, echoed her remarks and wrote: "The reality is that she has come to this foreign life late and has no time to waste."
Describing how the family deals with her foreign postings, he went on: "Whenever Alex leaves for a story there are always household recriminations among the troops.
"Frankie, 14, asks why Mum can't have a proper job. Florence, nine, bursts into tears. The worrying roles, however, are quickly reversed. The children drop into their lifestyles and Mummy rings when she can from whichever bad place she happens to be in."
He added: "It's not always that agreeable to hear your wife's voice, but when she's been out of contact in hell's kitchen for a week, it is always sweet comfort. I never know whom I'm most relieved for."
Her homecomings were always "blissful" times, he said, tempered only slightly by the fact that the whole cycle is soon to be repeated.
He described it as "a cycle that may be unique to us, but essentially the same as any other family with working parents.
"When Alex returns - as she does tomorrow morning - it will be on the back of another traumatic visit to Libya. She has fought to get her message out and fought those who tried to pigeonhole her as a woman, wife and mother."