Maya Naser: At Least 19 Journalists Killed Covering Syrian War Since November, Says Committee To Protect Journalists

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows Syrian firefighters extinguishing a fire in a damaged schoo
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows Syrian firefighters extinguishing a fire in a damaged school after a bomb attack in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Several bombs went off Tuesday inside a school in the Syrian capital that activists say was being used by regime forces as a security headquarters. Ambulances rushed to the area and an initial report on state media said several people were wounded. (AP Photo/SANA)

Sept 26 (Reuters) - At least 30,000 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to activists.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent organisation dedicated to the defence of press freedom, says that at least 19 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict since November, making the Middle Eastern state the most dangerous place in the world for journalists

Here are some of the foreign and Syrian journalists who have died in the conflict:


Jan. 11, 2012 - Gilles Jacquier, of France 2 television station, is killed along with at least seven other people by bombardment during a government-organised visit to Homs. He was the first foreign journalist to be killed in the uprising.

Feb. 22 - Marie Colvin, an American who worked for Britain's Sunday Times, and Remi Ochlik, a French photographer, are killed by bombardment in Homs.

April 9 - Ali Shaaban, a Lebanese cameraman for Lebanon's Al-Jadeed television channel, is killed by gunfire near the border with Syria in Lebanon's northern Wadi Khaled area.

Aug. 20 - Mika Yamamoto, a Japanese journalist working for independent news wire Japan Press, is fatally wounded while travelling with the rebel Free Syrian Army in Aleppo.

Sept. 26 - Maya Naser, a correspondent for Iran's English-language Press TV, is shot dead in Syria, Press TV reports.


Nov. 20, 2011 - Cameraman Ferzat Jerban is found dead in Homs.

Dec. 27 - Basil al-Sayed, a freelance cameraman, dies days after being shot in the Baba Amr neighbourhood in Homs.

Jan. 4, 2012 - Shukri Abu Burghul, who worked for state-run Radio Damascus, dies in Damascus days after being shot.

Feb. 4 - Mazhar Tayyara, a photo journalist who contributed to Agence France-Presse and other international outlets, is killed in Homs.

Feb. 24 - Anas al-Tarsha, a videographer who documented unrest in Homs, is killed in a mortar attack.

June 27 - Gunmen storm headquarters of pro-government Syrian television channel Ikhbariya, killing three employees.

Aug. 5 - Islamist militant group claims responsibility for the kidnap and killing of Syrian state television presenter Mohammed al-Saeed.

Aug. 11 - Gunmen kill Ali Abbas, head of domestic news at state news agency SANA, at his Damascus home. Bara'a Yusuf al-Bushi, who contributed to international outlets including Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera and Sky News, is killed the same day.

Aug. 22 - Mosaab Mohamed Saeed Al-Odaallah, who worked for the government newspaper Tishreen, is killed by government soldiers at home in Damascus.

Sept. 19 - Abdel Karim al-Oqda, a cameraman and reporter for Shaam News Network, a citizen news organization based in Damascus, is killed by soldiers at his home.

Additional sources:

The Committee to Protect Journalists

Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders)

Index on Censorship

(Editing by David Goodman)



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