UFS Mourns Recent Deaths of Foreign Journalists in Homs, Syria

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United For a Free Syria (UFS) mourns the deaths of the men and women who spent their final moments reporting on the brutal crackdown taking place inside Syria. Yesterday, American journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik were killed while reporting from within the besieged city of Homs.

We mourn the deaths of Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik, Rami Alsayed, Anthony Shadid, and all the men and women who bravely sacrificed their lives so that we may witness the truth. Their efforts will not go in vain.

United For a Free Syria (UFS) mourns the deaths of the men and women who spent their final moments reporting on the brutal crackdown taking place inside Syria. Yesterday, American journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik were killed while reporting from within the besieged city of Homs.

According to The Telegraph, reports reveal that direct orders from Syrian authorities were issued to target the makeshift media center that was broadcasting direct evidence of the brutal crimes taking place in Homs, including the Syrian regime’s murder of women and children. The night before the 55-year-old Sunday Times reporter was killed, Colvin reported the death of an infant as one of the many deaths that have resulted from the brutal shelling that Homs’s district of Baba Amr has been subjected to for the past three weeks. On CNN, Colvin accused the Syrian Army of perpetrating the "complete and utter lie that they are only going after terrorists,” and further stated, "the Syrian army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians."'

Read: Marie Colvin: Britain summons Syria ambassador over killing (Telegraph)

Read more: Marie Colvin: A Life Dedicated to Human Rights Reporting (Amnesty)

In the past week, Syria also mourned the death of Rami al-Sayed, who risked his life as an undercover citizen journalist in Baba Amr. Additionally, on February 16th, Pulitzer-prize winner and New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid suffered a fatal asthma attack while covering the critical situation in Syria. NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson said, “Anthony died as he lived - determined to bear witness to the transformation sweeping the Middle East and to testify to the suffering of people caught between government oppression and opposition forces" (Reuters).

Read: Syrian Video Blogger Reportedly Killed in Homs as Shelling Continues (NYT)

Read more: New York Times Reporter Anthony Shadid Dies in Syria (Reuters)

UFS Chairman Dr. Yahya Basha stated, “We mourn the deaths of Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik, Rami Alsayed, Anthony Shadid, and all the men and women who bravely sacrificed their lives so that we may witness the truth. Their efforts will not go in vain. We will persist until the bloodshed ends and the Syrian people have regained their freedom.”
United for a Free Syria is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom, dignity, and democracy for the Syrian People.

Media inquiries are welcome. For further information, please contact UFS Media Coordinator at Ltarakji(at)UnitedFreeSyria(dot)org or (810) 820-4653

Additional news and updates can be found at UnitedFreeSyria.org

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