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Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Mohamed al-Mesalma

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 1 March 2014
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Confirmed: Mohamed al-Mesalma, 1 March 2014, available at: [accessed 15 December 2017]
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January 18, 2013, in Daraa, Syria

Al-Mesalma, who was also known as Mohamed al-Hourani, was shot by a sniper while reporting on fighting in the village of Basri al-Hariri in the city of Daraa, Al-Jazeera reported. Al-Mesalma had been based in Daraa for about a year, where he reported for Al-Jazeera on the ongoing military clashes between the Syrian army and opposition forces, the reports said.

Local opposition group AEN Network, and local media affiliated with the Syrian opposition, posted a video of the attack, which showed al-Mesalma running across a street with members of an Al-Jazeera crew, and then being shot. The journalist was holding his Al-Jazeera TV microphone at the time of his death.

Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:War
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire
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