From left, slain journalists Kamel Mroue, Salim Lawzi, Riad Taha, Samir Kassir and Gebran Tueni.
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Press Martyrs Day in Lebanon, which falls Wednesday, is of special significance this year, as May 6, 2015, commemorates one century of martyrdom and sacrifices made by Lebanese journalists.A journalist supportive of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel-Nasser's policies, Matni was shot dead in Beirut on May 8, 1958 .The end of the 1958 conflict did not herald the end of assassinations targeting Lebanese journalists.More journalists were to be targeted with assassinations after the end of Lebanon's war in 1990 .Journalists killed while on dutyBesides the long list of assassinated journalists in Lebanon, there are others who were killed while performing their duties.Samarjian was one of the many journalists killed while covering Lebanon's 15-year Civil War.Talal Salman, the editor-in-chief of Lebanon's As-Safir newspaper – a voice of pan-Arab nationalism – was shot and wounded on July 14, 1984, while March 14 journalist May Chidiac was badly wounded from a failed assassination attempt on Sept. 25, 2005 .
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