This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 9 °C Tuesday 15 October, 2019
Advertisement

Syria state TV journalist shot dead: official media

The official state news agency said that the man was the latest in a string of employees of pro-government media to be killed.

Syrian fighters celebrate victory on top of a tank after storming a military base in Aleppo
Syrian fighters celebrate victory on top of a tank after storming a military base in Aleppo
Image: AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra

A SYRIAN STATE television journalist has been shot dead in the capital, the latest in a string of employees of pro-government media to be killed, the official SANA news agency has reported.

“An armed terrorist group assassinated journalist at the Public Authority for Radio and Television, Basel Tawfiq Yousef, in the Tadamun neighbourhood of Damascus,” the news agency said.

The south Damascus district of Tadamun has seen heavy fighting between rebels and troops since the outbreak of major violence in the capital in July.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the journalist was targeted because activists regarded him as a member of the “shabiha,” militia supporters of President Bashar al-Assad who have been accused of some of the worst abuses of the 20-month uprising against his rule.

Staff of pro-government media have been among 14 professional journalists killed in Syria since the uprising erupted in March last year. Another 38 citizen journalists have been killed, according to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

Those killed have included the domestic news editor of SANA, a state television presenter and a journalist from the cultural section of the government daily Tishrin.

- © AFP, 2012

Read: Syrian rebels set up independent intelligence service >

Read: France becomes first Western country to recognise new Syria coalition >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (9)