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Thursday
Jan122012

Frenchman Is First Western Journalist Killed in Syria

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier became the first Western journalist to be killed in the 10-month government crackdown on dissidents in Syria.

Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said that Jacquier was the victim of a mortar attack while on assignment in the city of Homs, one of the hotbeds of violence in Syria.

It's believed that a civilian also died in the assault, while at least one other journalist and a number of civilians were wounded.

Covering the situation in Syria is especially dangerous for Western journalists because of a news blackout imposed by the government of President Bashar al-Assad in an effort to keep the rest of the world from learning about the true extent of the bloody crackdown that he's denied imposing.

The United Nations estimates that more than 5,000 people have died since al-Assad's forces began their assault on pro-democracy protesters in mid-March 2011.

Jacquier, an award-winning journalist, had worked for France 2 TV since 1999 and covered fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Israel.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov082010

Russian Reporter Beaten; Second in 48 Hours

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Forty-eight hours after the brutal beating of a prominent political reporter in Moscow, a reporter for a regional newspaper outside the capital was also assaulted.  Anatoly Adamchuck was attacked by two men just after 2 a.m. on Monday outside the Zhukovskiye Vesti offices, according to Russian news agencies.  He was hit in the back of the head and has a severe brain concussion, the paper’s editor-in-chief told Interfax, but is standing and talking.

A spokesman for the Moscow region tells ABC News no criminal case has been opened and it’s unclear whether the attack was related to Adamchuck’s work.  Adamchuck was drunk, appearing to have consumed the equivalent of half a bottle of liquor, according to tests.  Adamchuck says a memory stick he was carrying is missing but whether it was taken or fell out of his pocket is unclear.

Adamchuck recently reported on the arrests of children protesting the controversial highway project that would cut through the Khimki forest north of Moscow.  There is increasing speculation that Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin’s coverage of the Khimki debate led to his attack.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Nov062010

Russian Journalist Beaten Outside His Moscow Home

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A Russian journalist is in a coma after being attacked outside his Moscow home early Saturday. The beating left Oleg Kashin with fractures to his jaw, skull and legs, as well as broken fingers and a concussion.

Kashin, a political reporter for the Kommersant newspaper, recently covered a controversial highway project that has drawn fierce debate and demonstrations. Because nothing was stolen from the man, the newspaper's editor says there is no doubt the attack was related to Kashin's work.

On Twitter, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wrote, "the criminals must be found and punished."

Attacks on journalists in Russia are nothing new and the cases typically go unsolved.

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