Anas al-Tarsha, citizen journalist, has been killed in Homs on Friday, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Al-Tarsha, who was only 17, is the second prominent journalist to have been killed in Homs. A mortar fell on him as he was documenting the intense shelling in the Qarabees neighbourhood of Homs.
Despite his young age, Al-Tarsha was very active in the denunciation of the massacre taking place in the city of Homs. Many of his videos were posted on Youtube. The 17-year old was also interviewed by Arabic broadcasters regarding the attacks and the situation on the ground, reports the CPJ.
"At extraordinary risk, Syrians such as Anas al-Tarsha have picked up their cameras to document for the rest of the world the devastation caused by the government's ongoing attacks," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "Syrian authorities have done everything they can to shut down news coverage of their actions. Anas al-Tarsha and other local videographers have given their lives to ensure that the Syrian government would not succeed," he added.
Homs, also known as the capital of the revolution, has been under intense shelling for more than three weeks now. Most of the information coming out of Homs has been provided by Syrian citizen journalists due to a ban on journalists that has been braved by very few and efforts from the regime to limit the flow of information coming out of the country.
Since the beginning of the uprising in Syria video captured from citizens has been one of the main sources of information for news reporting. Citizen journalists in Homs have largely contributed in providing the media and therefore the world with information to ensure the international community knew about the barbaric attacks orchestrated by the Syrian regime.
Al-Tarsha is the eighth journalists to have been killed in Syria in the last four month, CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) research shows. Rami Al-Sayed, also known as "Syria Pioneer" was killed last week in the offensive on Homs which left 45 civilians dead. Human Rights activists say Rami was killed when a shell hit the building from where he was filming. Rami was 27 years old and a father to a little girl called Maryam. She is only one-and-a-half years old. The next day, two western journalists, Marie Colvin, Sunday Times correspondent and Rémi Ochlik, French photographer, were killed in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs.
Since the beginning of the uprising at 7,600 people were killed in Syria according to Rights groups.
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