In 1957, Debay enlisted in the Belgian army in a reconnaissance unit. Two years later he was reportedly promoted to a tank commander.
In 1985 he laid down his arms and carried the pen, making a documentary on the French Army in 1986. He reportedly then became a correspondent for the newly-established Raids magazine for which he covered the Lebanese civil war, the two Gulf wars, the war in Yugoslavia and 201 war in Afghanistan.
In 2005 he established Assault magazine in France.
The Committee to Protect Journalists declared Syria to be one of the world’s deadliest places for journalists.
One of the most memorable and acclaimed international reporter, who died earlier this year while reporting on the regime’s execution of airstrikes and shelling, was Marie Colvin.
Colvin, who was on an assignment in Homs for Sunday Times, was amongst two other foreign journalists who were struck by Syrian forces during combat. The two other foreign journalists murdered were French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik and Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto.