Dominic Sutherland spoke movingly about Marc at this fifty-person event in Chelsea's 50 Cheyne. This was celebrating Marc de Jersey's life on what would have been his 49th birthday. For the full twelve-minute speech, click here.
Some of the highlights of Marc's life:
> Promoted to News Editor at ABC News in London
> Promoted to work on the news team at ABC News at their global HQ in New York City.
> Winning an 'Emmy' for his work at ABC News covering the 9/11 attacks
> Setting up Russia Today in Moscow, in 2005
> Covering abuses by major oil companies in the Amazon rain forest, for The Guardian Newspaper
Sadly Marc never did get around to taking his planned Ph.D. in Journalism or writing the thesis he had designed, which would have made a brilliant book.
He did teach journalism for several years at the University of Cardiff and Lancaster, however. Here are some extracts from his Ph.D. thesis plan:
The Rise and Fall of Russian Journalism 1990 to 2010
Ph.D. Thesis, University of Cardiff School of Journalism, Marc De Jersey
When the journalist Anna Politkovskaya was found
dead in the lift of her block of flats in central
When I was in
I want to ask the questions what happened to Russian journalism? When? And most importantly why? When I eventually was deported from Russia I had a chance to look at some of those questions and interview a lot of journalists, both western and Russian, on the topic.
What firstly surprised me in my research is that there has been no substantive account or academic study on the subject. Yes, articles have been written or commissioned by the Index of Censorship, IWPR, CPJ, the Guardian and others, but none of them, though commendable, could be classed as academic. 
Next what struck me was what
a complicated, rich and layered story this is in terms of subject matter. At
the heart of the story is Russian journalism and its relationship to the
government, but also behind this is a story of the Russian oligarchs entering
Russian media in the Yeltsin years and then Vladimir Putin clamping down and
closing TV stations that were critical of him via giant multinational Russian
companies such as Gazprom. It is argued that the current state of affairs has
led to an acute lack of pluralism in
There are two reasons I think
this project is important. The first is that it hasn't been done in depth at an
academic level. The second is from an academic perspective: to the best of my
This is not an easy project. Getting Russian's to talk is often hard and sometimes dangerous. We'd be looking to interview Russian journalists, oligarchs and enemies of Putin, some now exiled, as well as leading academics in Russian affairs, NGO's and professional western journalists who have worked in Russia.
 NB: 'There is no evidence that the Russian authorities were involved in these killings, but they did stand accused of not having investigated these murders with adequate vigour and of having tolerated the conditions that allowed these murders to happen.' Professor Richard Sakwa, University of Kent, 2007.
 The Guardian's Luke Harding, himself deported from Russia, has written a book called 'Mafia State: Inside Putin's Russia.' This is not an academic work but more his story at the way he was treated by the FSB when in Moscow.
 Andrei Soldatov, a Russian investigative journalist, Frontline Club talk, October 24th, 2011..
Marc De Jersey-Lowney, Broadcast News Journalist
September 27th 1972 - May 23rd 2021