Journalists Killed  |  Syria

Mohammad Saeed

Al-Arabiya

October 29, 2013, in Aleppo, Syria

Saeed, a reporter, was fatally shot by unidentified armed men in a town outside of Aleppo, according to news reports.

There are conflicting reports on the precise circumstances of Saeed's death. According to Al-Arabiya, he was at a barber shop in the town of Haritan when three unidentified gunmen shot him in the head with a silenced pistol. The Aleppo Media Center and Orient News said that Saeed was shot outside the barbershop by gunmen in a moving vehicle.

According to the Syrian Revolutionary General Commission (SRGC), a coordinating body representing dozens of opposition groups, Saeed began his career early in the revolution as a media activist, and worked as the SRGC's official spokesman in Aleppo, where he was interviewed by international satellite networks such as Al-Jazeera. He then worked as a reporter for Orient News in Aleppo before he began reporting for Al-Arabiya from the same city.

Saeed's coverage for Al-Arabiya included an October 16, 2013, report on clashes at a prison in Aleppo. The Associated Press reported that Saeed was an important news source for its journalists, and those of other international news outlets.

An unidentified colleague of Saeed's said the journalist had received death threats from a group that he declined to identify, Orient News reported.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the killing.


Medium: Television

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: Politics, War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes


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