(Image Source: NPR)

 

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


One of the leading citizen journalists in Syria -- is dead. Basil al-Sayed was reportedly killed by security forces this week while covering the unrest on Homs. These were reportedly the last images al-Sayed recorded before his death.


Citizen journalists have documented the 10-month Syrian uprising, because foreign journalists have been banned by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, posting the accounts on YouTube account SyriaPioneer.
In that time, more than 5000 Syrians have reportedly died.

NPR talks with another citizen journalist about the dangers al-Sayed faced -- daily.


"He was documenting stuff that no one could actually get hold of … I don't want to say this was expected, but he was always in those situations where you could expect something would happen to him."

CNN has sent freelancers into Syria clandestinely to document and corroborate the accounts.
But has since pulled its freelancers... out of concerns for their safety.
 

“Among the bullet-scarred walls of neighborhoods under siege, he encountered the government snipers who prowl the city picking off their victims apparently indiscriminately and at will. He found snipers stationed on almost every main street, manning checkpoints on both sides and firing at anybody crossing the street between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next day -- imposing a kind of unofficial curfew.”

And amidst the bloodshed, the Committee to Protect Journalists has written a direct letter to al-Assad, asking him to lift the crackdown on journalists.


“In the past 10 months, CPJ has documented 29 cases of journalists who were arrested for their work and nine cases of foreign journalists who have been expelled from Syria since March. We have also documented nine cases of journalists who are currently in prison.”

 

CPJ reports, al-Sayad becomes the second citizen journalist in a month to be killed in Syria.

Leading Citizen Journalist in Syria reported Dead

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Dec 31, 2011

Leading Citizen Journalist in Syria reported Dead

(Image Source: NPR)

 

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


One of the leading citizen journalists in Syria -- is dead. Basil al-Sayed was reportedly killed by security forces this week while covering the unrest on Homs. These were reportedly the last images al-Sayed recorded before his death.


Citizen journalists have documented the 10-month Syrian uprising, because foreign journalists have been banned by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, posting the accounts on YouTube account SyriaPioneer.
In that time, more than 5000 Syrians have reportedly died.

NPR talks with another citizen journalist about the dangers al-Sayed faced -- daily.


"He was documenting stuff that no one could actually get hold of … I don't want to say this was expected, but he was always in those situations where you could expect something would happen to him."

CNN has sent freelancers into Syria clandestinely to document and corroborate the accounts.
But has since pulled its freelancers... out of concerns for their safety.
 

“Among the bullet-scarred walls of neighborhoods under siege, he encountered the government snipers who prowl the city picking off their victims apparently indiscriminately and at will. He found snipers stationed on almost every main street, manning checkpoints on both sides and firing at anybody crossing the street between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next day -- imposing a kind of unofficial curfew.”

And amidst the bloodshed, the Committee to Protect Journalists has written a direct letter to al-Assad, asking him to lift the crackdown on journalists.


“In the past 10 months, CPJ has documented 29 cases of journalists who were arrested for their work and nine cases of foreign journalists who have been expelled from Syria since March. We have also documented nine cases of journalists who are currently in prison.”

 

CPJ reports, al-Sayad becomes the second citizen journalist in a month to be killed in Syria.

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