Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Ahmed al-Assam
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||18 December 2012|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Ahmed al-Assam, 18 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5107a0c428.html [accessed 6 July 2015]|
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May 28, 2012, in Homs, Syria
Al-Assam, a 21-year-old cameraman and citizen journalist, and filmmaker Bassel al-Shahade, were filming incursions by security forces in the Homs neighborhood of Safsafa when a shell hit their car and killed them, Amer Matar, an exiled Syrian journalist and a close friend of al-Shahade, told CPJ. News reports suggested that security forces targeted the journalists because they were filming.
Al-Assam had produced a number of reports on the conflict in Homs, including one on the mass emigration of people from the war-torn city that was widely used by regional news outlets.
|Beats Covered:||Human Rights, War|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Crossfire/Combat-Related|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Military Officials|