Journalists Killed  |  Syria

Basil al-Sayed

Freelance

December 27, 2011, in Homs, Syria

Al-Sayed, a videographer who documented clashes in Homs, died in an improvised hospital from a gunshot wound suffered five days earlier at a checkpoint in the Baba Amr neighborhood, according to news reports and a prominent activist interviewed by CPJ. Al-Sayed was shot in the head by security forces, news accounts said, citing local activists and relatives.

The 24-year-old regularly filmed unrest in Homs, including instances of security forces opening fire on demonstrators, Rami Jarrah, an exiled Syrian activist, told CPJ. Al-Sayed also interviewed Syrians about the political and economic implications of the country's turmoil. His footage appeared on the websites of citizen news organizations that published thousands of videos documenting the uprising. Jarrah said much of the footage from Baba Amr was taken by al-Sayed, who was known in Homs as "the revolution's journalist."  With an effective ban on foreign journalists and with local media neutralized, international media relied heavily on footage shot by al-Sayed and other citizen journalists.


Medium: Internet

Job: Camera Operator

Beats Covered: Human Rights, Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: Yes

Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment

Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials


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