Middle East

More than a dozen journalists lose lives in Syrian conflict

Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto. (AFP PHOTO / NIPPON TELEVISION NETWORK)

More than 18,000 people have been killed in Syria since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011, according to the United Nations.

Here is a timeline of some of the foreign and Syrian journalists who have died in the conflict:


Jan. 11, 2012 – Gilles Jacquier, of France 2 television station, is killed along with at least seven other people by bombardment during a government-organized visit to Homs. He was the first foreign journalist to be killed in the uprising.

Feb. 22 – Marie Colvin, an American who worked for Britain’s Sunday Times and Remi Ochlik, a French photographer, are killed by bombardment in Homs.

Feb. 16 – New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid, an American of Lebanese descent, dies of an asthma attack while reporting in eastern Syria.

April 9 – Ali Shaaban, a Lebanese cameraman for Lebanon’s Al-Jadeed television channel is killed by gunfire near the border between Syria and Lebanon’s northern Wadi Khaled area.

Aug. 20 – Mika Yamamoto, a Japanese journalist working for independent news wire Japan Press, is fatally wounded while travelling with the rebel Free Syrian Army in Aleppo.


Nov. 20, 2011 – Cameraman Ferzat Jerban is found dead in Homs.

Dec. 27 – Basil al-Sayed, a freelance cameraman, dies days after being shot in the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs.

Jan. 4, 2012 – Shukri Abu Burghul, who worked for state-run Radio Damascus, dies in capital after being shot.

Feb. 4 – Mazhar Tayyara, a photo journalist who contributed to Agence France Presse and other international outlets, is killed in Homs.

Feb. 24 – Anas al-Tarsha, a videographer who documented unrest in Homs, is killed in a mortar attack.

June 27 – Gunmen storm headquarters of pro-government Syrian television channel Ikhbariya, killing three employees.

Aug. 5 – Islamist militant group claims responsibility for the kidnap and killing of Syrian state television presenter Mohammed al-Saeed.

Aug. 11 – Gunmen kill Ali Abbas, head of domestic news at state news agency SANA, at his Damascus home. Bara’a Yusuf al-Bushi, who contributed to international outlets including Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera and Sky News, is killed the same day.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 22, 2012, on page 8.




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