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Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Bassel al-Shahade

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 18 December 2012
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2012 - Motive Confirmed: Bassel al-Shahade, 18 December 2012, available at: [accessed 25 April 2017]
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May 28, 2012, in Homs, Syria

Al-Shahade, a 28-year-old filmmaker and citizen journalist, and cameraman Ahmed al-Assam 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-Shahade, a prominent filmmaker, was working on a film commemorating the first anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Matar told CPJ. He was studying at Syracuse University in New York, but had left in the fall 2011 semester to return to Syria to cover the unrest and train aspiring citizen journalists.

Al-Shahade's short films can be found on his YouTube channel. In December 2011, he was interviewed by the U.S.-based broadcast program "Democracy Now."

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