Press TV Maya Nasser Assasinated
Posted on September 26, 2012 by Akashma Online News
Iran’s Press TV has reported that one of its correspondents, Maya Naser, was killed today while reporting on twin explosions and ensuing clashes in Damascus. The state-run station also said that its Damascus bureau chief, Hussein Mortada, was wounded in the same sniper fire and attributed both shootings to insurgents.
Maya Last Tweet yesterday September 25, 2012
@_no_surrender say it put loud, I am on twitter with my real name and real location, what more loud than that???
The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for the explosions at the Syrian military headquarters in Damascus, although it issued no immediate statement in regard to the journalists. Press TV blamed “Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, who provide weapons and militants to kill civilians,” for the shootings, according to a statement on its website.
“Journalists are civilians and should not be targeted,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “These deaths show the terrible price that reporters are paying to bring news of this conflict.”
Naser was shot in the neck while reporting on the explosions that were followed by intense fighting between Syrian government forces and the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to news reports and Press TV.
Naser, a Syrian national who lived in Damascus, wrote regularly on his own blog, according to news reports. Naser, who was seen as sympathetic to the Syrian regime, had blamed the war in Syria on the “West and Al-Qaeda” in his blog, news reports said. His latest TV report on the opposition parties meeting in Damascus had aired three days ago, the reports said.
Mortada, a Lebanese national living in Syria who was also bureau chief of Press TV’s sister Arabic-language channel Al-Alam, was shot in the back while he and Naser were reporting on the bombings and clashes, according to Press TV and news reports. Mortada is seeking treatment at a Damascus hospital, according to news reports.
At least 22 other journalists have been killed while covering the Syrian conflict since November, including one killed just over the border in Lebanon, making Syria the most dangerous place in the world for journalists, according to CPJ research.
An increasing number of attacks against journalists and news outlets seen as pro-government have been attributed to rebel forces. At least three journalists for the pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya were kidnapped in August, and one killed in unclear circumstances, according to news reports.
“There is a strong indication that the Syrian government is holding Austin Tice,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “Damascus should acknowledge his captivity and release Tice immediately. All sides fighting in Syria must ensure the safety of media personnel and respect their internationally recognized status as civilians.”
The crew of Press TV minutes before the tragedy
“The group revolutionary pro-democracy that is funded by the West killed Maya Nassi, Press TV reporter and photographer of the agency Fars. He did not committed but to have the courage to report the truth, what is really happening in Syria.
M Holland have called for a humanitarian intervention in Syria! for these barbarian hordes are falling like rain, the journalist bureau chief Hussein Murtadha Al-Alam was injured by terrorists during their coverage of the suicide car bomb in Damascus. The story of Hussein Mortada the bureau chief in Damascus Al-Alam and Press TV correspondent Maya Nasse few minutes before they are targeted by sniper’s fire this morning 26/09/2012, journalist Maya Nasser the Iranian English-language channel Press TV was killed by snipers and journalist Hussein Mortada was injured”. French for Peace in Syria
Information on the truth against Syria, and misleading media propaganda according to delivering democracy from the West