A journalist working for Syria's Dunya TV has been shot dead by terrorists while reporting on clashes in the northern Syria city of Aleppo. The channel said on its website on Friday that it had received news of "the death of our colleague Sohail Mahmud Ali by terrorist bullets." Dunya TV did not give further details about the incident. Scores of state media workers have been killed during the Syrian unrest while reporting on clashes or in targeted killings.
According to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, at least 17 professional Syrian and foreign journalists as well as 44 citizen journalists have died in Syria since mid-March 2011 when the unrest hit the Arab country.Militants fighting the Syrian governments attacked Press TV staff, killing the Iranian English-language news network's correspondent Maya Naser. Naser came under sniper fire while reporting on air in Damascus in late September. Press TV and Al-Alam Damascus Bureau Chief Hossein Mortada also suffered injuries in the attack. The two were covering twin blasts and the ensuing fighting. Those who continue to work are under a constant threat of kidnapping and murder. DB/HN