Media Workers Killed in 2012: Abu Yezen al-Hamoui
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||18 December 2012|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Media Workers Killed in 2012: Abu Yezen al-Hamoui, 18 December 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5107a0950.html [accessed 12 December 2013]|
December 26, 2012, in Hama province, Syria
A sniper believed to be affiliated with the Syrian army killed al-Hamoui, who was working as a guide for Al-Jazeera journalists in the Wadi Eldief neighborhood in Hama province, according to a report by Amr Almanery, an Al-Jazeera correspondent who was present at the time.
Al-Hamoui was taking Al-Jazeera journalists to interview opposition leaders when the network's crew came under fire, Almanery said. Al-Hamoui was hit by gunfire and died shortly after, he said. Rebel soldiers with the Free Syrian Army intervened to help the team escape the gunfire.
A video broadcast on Al-Jazeera shows the attack happening in real time. Another Al-Jazeera video shows al-Hamoui's body being taken away by Al-Jazeera journalists and rebel soldiers after the sniper attack ends.
Al-Hamoui had been a spokesman for the Revolutionary Council, a Syrian opposition group in Hama, and had documented the conflict in videos that were posted to YouTube and picked up by Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, and local outlets. Almanery said al-Hamoui had documented a December 23 government attack on a bakery in Hilfaya that killed at least 90 civilians.
Media Support Worker: In 2003, CPJ began documenting the deaths of vital media employees such as translators, drivers, fixers, and administrative workers.