Dutch journalist injured in Syria

12th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch press photographer, Steven Wassenaar, has been slightly injured in the Syrian city of Homs. The photographer was visiting Homs, which has been the scene of protests against President Assad since the Arab spring began last year. 

Mr Wassenaar told the ANP that he had been hit by a small piece of shrapnel close to his eye. In a separate incident in the same city French journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed. The two were with a party of foreign journalists on a press tour organised by the Syrian regime itself. Belgian reporters say around 15 foreign journalists were in the city for the tour. The group of journalists have left Homs for the safety of Damascus.

The French authorities called the incident “a terrible deed” and have demanded in investigation into the death.

Thomas Bruning of the Dutch Journalists’ Association called it “worrying” that journalists are increasingly becoming targets in turbulent regions. “This shows how dangerous the work that they do is. It is good there is attention for the vulnerability of this group,” he said. It is not clear who is responsible for the attacks on the journalists.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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