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article imageSyrian journalist dies after being shot in the head

By Miriam Mannak     Jan 4, 2012 in World
Damascus - As violence in Syria intensifies, the country's media community is mourning the death of yet another member: veteran journalist Shukri Ahmad Ratib Abu Burghul died shortly after being shot in the face on Monday.
Burghul had just arrived home after presenting his radio show when two gunmen shot him in the face. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the 55-year old reporter was then rushed to hospital but died later.
“Whoever the killer is, this is a bad sign and a new stage for [violence against journalists] in Syria,” The Daily Star quoted Syrian journalist Star Fadi Aho.
Burghul is not the first journalist who has lost his life during the Syrian uprising which started last year March.
In November 2011, freelance cameraman Ferzat Jarban was shot dead in Homs. One month later, citizen journalist Basil Al-Sayed was killed.
"in the absence any concrete response from the Arab League’s observers to these requests, Reporters Without Borders questions the effectiveness of their mission and fears that it is a sham that will just legitimize the Syrian government’s repression," RSF said in a statement.
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