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 Hosein Mortada.
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 Hosein Mortada also came under attack and was injured.
The two were covering twin blasts in Damascus and the ensuing fighting.
Born on July 30, 1979 in Syria, Maya Naser studied political science at KUPLAN University, NY, US. He was fluent in Arabic and English and had worked in many countries including the USA, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain.
The following is the text of what Hamid Reza Emadi, Press TV’s News Room Director, had to say regarding the murder of a Press TV correspondent in Damascus.
Maya was only 33 years old and he was killed by a sniper fire this morning. Press TV strongly condemns the killing of journalists in battle zones, including the assassination of our own correspondent in Damascus.
We hold Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar who provide militants weapons to kill civilians, military personnel and journalists responsible for the killing of Maya. He was working in Damascus and Aleppo reporting on the realities on the ground with the utmost courage and professionalism.
The western-backed killers in Syria are following the example of the United States in Iraq. The US also sent snipers to assassinate people there. It is an effort on their parts, we believe, to create a feeling of insecurity among the local population and especially among the journalists.
Press TV will be pursuing the matter of the murder of Maya and will not let those who killed our correspondent feel like they can kill media people and get away with it.