Journalists Killed  |  Syria

Yasser Faisal al-Jumaili


December 4, 2013, in Idlib, Syria


Al-Jumaili, a veteran freelance cameraman, was executed in Idlib, according to human rights groups and news reports.

A fixer who worked with the journalist but did not want to be identified for security reasons told CPJ that they were contracted by a Spanish production company, which also did not want to be identified for fear of reprisal.

Al-Jazeera reported that in his last known conversation, al-Jumaili told one of its journalists who contacted him over Facebook regarding an assignment in Iraq that he had been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). Two days later, he was shot in the head, the network reported.

Al-Jumaili was originally from Fallujah, an Iraqi city that gained notoriety during the U.S. occupation as a hotbed of radical Islamist activity. He was known for covering military operations there.

Medium: Television

Job: Camera Operator

Beats Covered: Politics, War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Foreign

Freelance: Yes

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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