Journalists Killed  |  Syria

Issam Obeid

Freelance

January 31, 2013, in Arbin, Syria

Obeid, and two of his colleagues, Abdel Karim Nazir Ismail and Loay al-Nimir, were killed when a mortar shell hit them while they were filming clashes between security forces and armed rebels in the southern Damascus suburb of Arbin, according to news reports. The three videographers contributed to the Syrian Media Center, a local news organization that has posted thousands of videos and news stories documenting the Syrian conflict since March 2011.

The Syrian Media Center posts news and reports from around the country covering the conflict, politics, clashes, and protests and is picked up by several regional news outlets including Al-Jazeera. The center does not publish footage under individual bylines.

The rebel Free Syrian Army captured Arbin in July 2012, but has been engaged in continuous battle with Syrian government forces over the suburb, according to news reports.

Obeid, who regularly conducted interviews with Free Syrian Army members, also contributed to Saqba, a citizen news organization that posts videos of government bombardments of neighborhoods, clashes between rebels and government forces, and local protests and living conditions, and is based in Saqba, a southern suburb of Damascus.

With an effective ban on foreign journalists and with local media neutralized, international media relied heavily on reporting and footage shot by Obeid and other citizen journalists.


Medium: Internet

Job: Camera Operator

Beats Covered: Human Rights, War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: Yes

Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related

Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire


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