says SANA reports the murder of reporter Ali Abbas is being blamed on an "armed terrorist group," the government's catch-all term for its opponents. The Guardian says Al-Arabiya television is reporting that Bara'a Yusuf al-Bushi, a Syrian national and army defector who worked with Al-Arabiya and several other international news organizations, was also killed in a bomb attack Saturday. He was apparently covering a story in al-Tal, a suburb of Damascus.
The Committee to Protect Journalists
lists 18 journalists killed so far this year in Syria, not including this weekend's deaths. And a few days ago Digital Journal
reported that 2012 is on track to being one of the bloodiest years for journalist deaths worldwide.
says many journalists have been killed or injured during the 17-month uprising against President Bashar Assad, and says recently there have been several attacks targeting media that support the Assad regime.
Activists say more than 20,000 people have been killed since the revolt began in March of last year.