Journalists Killed  |  Syria

Ferzat Jarban


November 19 or 20, 2011, in Al-Qasir, Syria

Jarban, a cameraman, was last seen being placed under arrest while he was filming an antigovernment demonstration in the town of Al-Qasir on November 19, local press freedom groups reported, citing witnesses. He was found dead the next day in the middle of a main road in Al-Qasir, which is in the province of Homs. His body was mutilated and his eyes were gouged out, a member of the opposition Syrian revolutionary council in Homs told the London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat. Al-Jazeera also reported the death, citing the revolutionary council as its source.

Jarban was the first journalist killed in Syria in connection to his work since CPJ started keeping detailed records in 1992. The freelance cameraman filmed demonstrations and the ensuing clashes with security forces in Homs and sent the footage to several Arabic news networks, Al-Sharq al-Aswat reported.

Medium: Television

Job: Camera Operator

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: Yes

Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

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