New York, February 16, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by the death of New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, a towering figure in international crisis reporting. Shadid perished following an apparent asthma attack while on assignment in Syria."The death of Anthony Shadid is a tragic reminder of the price journalists pay to bring us the news from conflict zones," said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. "The lack of access to emergency medical care after a car accident or sickness can prove just as dangerous as crossfire. Shadid knew the risks but chose to go because that's what reporters do. We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and friends."