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Syria – 4 Syrian TV staffers kidnapped by rebels near Damascus

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Laaska News August 11,  2012

DAMASCUS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — Four staffers of Syrian pro- government al-Ekhbaria TV were kidnapped Friday while covering unrest in a rebellious suburb of the capital Damascus.

Contact with the four staffers was cut while they were at al- Tal suburb, the TV said, accusing the armed insurgents of snitching the crew.

The TV urged what it described as “influential countries” that support the armed rebels in Syria to press the kidnappers to release the kidnapped crew and to honor the freedom of press.

A number of Syrian journalists working for the state establishment have been recently kidnapped. Some of them have reportedly been killed while the fate of others remains unknown.

Last week, a blast rocked the state TV headquarters in Damascus, leaving injuries only.

Last month, a group of armed insurgents stormed al-Ekhbaria TV headquarters in Drosha suburb near Damascus, leaving scenes of carnage and destruction.

The Syrian government charged that the aim of targeting the state media is to silence the voice of the Syrians.