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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 21 October 2014]
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Freelance
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.

Medium:Internet
Job:Camera Operator
Beats Covered:Human Rights, War
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:Yes
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Military Officials
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