Journalist-Activist Reportedly Killed in Homs, Syria
Death Highlights Perils of Independent Reporting amid Government Onslaught
VIENNA, 8 Feb. 2011 – AFP stringer Mazhar Tayyara was killed last night in the besieged Syrian city of Homs – which has been under Syrian army shelling for days – according to news reports.
Tayyara is the fourth journalist to have been killed in Syria since the start of the anti-government uprising, according to IPI’s Death Watch. Shukri Abu el-Burghol, a journalist formerly with a Syrian state-run newspaper, was shot on January 2. Gilles Jacquier, a correspondent for France 2 television, was killed in a grenade explosion while covering demonstrations in Homs on January 11. Last November, cameraman Ferzat Jarban was found with his eyes gouged out after filming protests in the town of al-Qasir, in Homs province.
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