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British/Algerian journalists Naseem Intriri and Walid Bledi were killed earlier this week during an attack on the Syrian province of Idlib.

Intriri and Bledi were staying in a house with several activists in Darkoush, a city on the Syrian-Turkish border. The two freelance journalists were in the process of filming a documentary about Syrians fleeing to Turkey to escape the current situation in their home country.

According to an eyewitness interviewed by Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), when the firing began the journalists fled the house for a time, returning to retrieve equipment when the shooting abated. Syrian Army forces along with plainclothes militiamen known as "Shabiha," began firing at them, hitting one in the head and the other in the chest. The attack killed the two journalists and wounded a third.

Only a day after the Idlib attack, Kurdish citizen journalist Jawan Mohammed Qatna was abducted by four unidentified men from his home in the town of Derbassiyeh, north of the eastern city of Al-Hassakeh. Qatna’s body was found hours later in a nearby village.

22-year old Qatna was an amateur photographer, covering demonstrations in the mainly Kurdish region for the Free Derbassiyeh Coordination Committee as well as a number of media organisations.

According to CPJ, 10 journalists have been killed in Syria since November, at least five in circumstances that indicate "potential government culpability," making it the most dangerous place for journalists in the world so far this year. 

Sources: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), IFEX, Reporters Without Borders 


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Farah Wael


2012-03-29 18:41

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