Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Press TV correspondent killed, Al-Alam bureau chief injured in Damascus

Press TV, Al-Alam Damascus bureau chief injured in Damascus

Late Maya Naser, Press TV correspondent in the Syrian capital, Damascus (file photo)
Press TV correspondent killed in Syrian capital
Late Maya Naser, Press TV correspondent in the Syrian capital, Damascus (file photo)
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:38AM GMT
Insurgents in the Syrian capital Damascus have attacked Press TV staff, killing the Iranian English-language news network’s correspondent Maya Naser, and injuring its Damascus Bureau Chief Hossein Morteza.

Naser came under attack while reporting on air just hours ago. He was shot and killed by a sniper.

Press TV and Al-Alam Damascus Bureau Chief Hossein Morteza also came under attack and was injured.
The two were covering twin blasts in Damascus and the ensuing fighting.

“We hold Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, who provide weapons and militants to kill civilians, military personnel and journalists, responsible for killing Maya,” Press TV’s News Room Director Hamid Reza Emadi said.

“Press TV will pursue the matter of the murder of Maya and would not let those who killed the correspondent feel like they can kill the media people and get away with it,” he emphasized.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are behind the unrest, but the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the violence.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
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