Journalists killed in Syria unrest

2013-01-19 10:44

Damascus - A sniper killed an Al Jazeera reporter in southern Syria on Friday, the pan-Arab television network said, in the second such shooting of a journalist in two days in the conflict-swept country.

Syrian Mohammed Hourani was shot dead in Daraa, the cradle of the 22-month conflict, a day after Belgian-born French journalist Yves Debay was killed in similar circumstances in the northern city of Aleppo.

The killings take the death toll of reporters who have died in Syria to at least 20, according to a count by AFP and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

He is a list of some who have died in the conflict:


- Shukri Ahmed Ratib Abu Burghul (Syria):

Damascus radio reporter shot on December 30 by gunmen when leaving his home dies in hospital on January 2, 2012.


- Gilles Jacquier (France):

A reporter with the state-owned French television broadcaster, Jacquier is killed on January 11, when a shell explodes among journalists during a government-sponsored trip to the strife-torn city of Homs.

- Marie Colvin (United States) and Remi Ochlik (France):

The 56-year-old working for the Sunday Times and the 28-year-old working for IP3 Press are killed when a makeshift media centre in Homs is struck by a Syrian army mortar on February 22.

- Falah Taha (Iraq):

Killed in a Damascus suburb on July 14.

- Mohammed al-Saeed (Syria):

Television presenter kidnapped from his Damascus home in mid-July executed by Islamist militant Al-Nusra Front.

- Hatem Abu Yehiah (Syria)

The assistant cameraman of public television channel al-Ikhbariya killed on August 10 after being captured with a group of Syrian journalists accompanying the army near Damascus.

- Ali Abbas (Syria):

The head of the domestic news department at the official SANA news agency is assassinated at his home in Jdaidet Artuz outside the capital on August 11.

- Mika Yamamoto (Japan):

The veteran Japanese war reporter working for small Japanese news agency Japan Press dies on August 20 after coming under fire from up to 15 apparently pro-government troops in Aleppo.

- Musab al-Odallah (Syria):

The journalist from government daily Tishrin shot dead on August 22 at his home in Damascus during a search operation by the army, his friends say.

- Tamer al-Awam (Syria:)

Film-maker and journalist Tamer al-Awam killed on the front lines of Aleppo on September 9.

- Yusuf Ahmed Deeb (Syria)

Killed in Aleppo on September 16 in an air raid on the printworks of newspaper Liwaa Al-Fatiha.

- Maya Nasser (Syria):

Snipers in Damascus kill the correspondent for Iran's English-language Press TV on September 26 at the site of bombings targeting Syrian army headquarters.

- Mohammed al-Ashram (Syria):

Cameraman for Al-Ikhbariya television, shot dead in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on October 10.

- Basel Tawfiq Yousef (Syria)

State television journalist shot dead on November 21 in the south Damascus district of Tadamun.

- Naji Assaad (Syria)

Journalist working for a government newspaper killed in Tadamun on December 4.

- Haidar al-Sumudi (Syria)

State television cameraman gunned down on December 21 outside his Damascus home.


- Sohail Mahmud Ali (Syria)

Journalist working for Syria's pro-regime TV channel shot dead on January 4 in a regime-controlled area in Aleppo.

  • Ninjinvee - 2013-01-19 11:16

    Who edits these articles? News24, your grammar is pathetic! Fire your editor and hire a new one!

      Shane Loxton - 2013-01-19 12:08

      looks like your educational standards is SA have deteriorated to the point of no return, just as the Washington Post reported

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-19 11:42

    . ""Article 79 of Additional Protocol I provides that journalists are entitled to all rights and protections granted to civilians in international armed conflicts"" 3rd Geneva Convention How can journalists expect ANY protection from the current regime, when these assad terrorists inflict the most barbaric and unbelievable brutality on its 'own' population !!!!

      Shane Loxton - 2013-01-19 12:06

      dont recall reading any mention of which side did the shooting? shame that u dont criticize the Israelis when they ride over a US journalist with a bull dozer or all the kids shot by Israeli soldiers or kids killed by our drones, your one sided ness is deafening.

      hilton.serman.5 - 2013-01-19 12:19

      Shane...pls explain where Israel's name appears in this article. Why don't you rather criticize the Syrian govt for what they've done. Your silence is deafening or is it ok when it's Muslims killing journo's.

      hilton.serman.5 - 2013-01-19 12:25

      Or if you don't think it's the Syrian could criticize the conflict.

      gorden.norman - 2013-01-19 12:33

      Syrian troops will target opposition jurno's and visa versa.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-19 12:47

      Shame, My first point; ANY journalist should be protected, Yes, even the ones from RT or from the Syrian state media!! Secondly, Can't say this enough; This syrian civil war is soooo absurd! Just ONE MAN, only ONE PERSON, has to get the heck out of Syria,and most violence will stop WITHIN HOURS !!, And the peace process can start !! The opposition has stated clearly, time and again, They will negotiate with ANYONE, including members of assad terrorists regime, ANYONE, besides this assad monster !!!

      Shane Loxton - 2013-01-19 13:43

      Toos for once i agree with u! Oh god did i just say that? Hilton if u have been following my comments throughout this conflict u will see i have never condoned nor rejected the regime of assad. I however know my government better than u seem to know yours. i find it really strange that people condemn one country but keep keep quite because its not politically correct to say something bad about what US backed countries do.

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