Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Bassem Fawaz al-Zabi
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||1 March 2014|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Bassem Fawaz al-Zabi, 1 March 2014, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5333e97a12.html [accessed 26 August 2016]|
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January 13, 2013, in Daraa, Syria
Al-Zabi was shot in the chest by a sniper while covering clashes between the Syrian army and rebel forces in the neighborhood of Tafas in the southern city of Daraa, according to regional and local news outlets.
It was not immediately clear if al-Zabi was targeted by a sniper affiliated with the Syrian regime, or was shot by a gunman on the side of the rebel forces.
Al-Zabi was a third-year dental student at Damascus University, but left his studies to become a journalist and expose abuses committed by the government, according to his mother who spoke to the pro-opposition TV outlet Tafas News. He regularly filmed clashes between the army and rebel forces in the neighborhood of Tafas and contributed to several local news outlets including Tafas News, according to news reports.
With an effective ban on foreign journalists and with local media neutralized, international media relied heavily on reporting and footage shot by al-Zabi and other citizen journalists.
|Beats Covered:||Human Rights, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Crossfire/Combat-Related|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Unknown Fire|