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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gilles Jacquier's death reflects Syrian regime intimidation, group says


A major Syrian opposition group said the killing of a French journalist illustrates the efforts of the Bashar al-Assad regime to intimidate media and called for an independent probe into the death.

"The killing is indicative of the transition of the Syrian regime from preventing press from freely working and covering the events in Syria to killing journalists and media personnel, in an attempt to silence neutral and independent media sources," the Syrian National Council said Thursday.

France 2 TV journalist Gilles Jacquier, the first Western journalist to die in the 10-month-old uprising in Syria, was killed when a mortar shell struck the pro-government rally he was attending as part of a government-authorized tour of Homs, his network said. Syria had previously banned international journalists from entering the country, but lately allowed reporters to work in the country. Read More