Four journalists were killed just one day apart in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus, increasing the death toll of journalists to 35 since the beginning of the anti-regime protests last year.
In a statement published on Facebook, Al-Sham Information Network confirmed the death of its director Amar Mohamed Souheil Zada, and of citizen journalists Ahmed Adnan Al Ashlaq and Fahmi Al Naiimi ambushed by the Syrian army on May 27.
Next day, Bassel Al Shahade, a Fulbright scholar and a student filmmaker, was killed in Homs by a shell explosion launched by the Syrian army.
Bassel Al Homsi, a Syrian activist, told Doha Centre for Media Freedom that Al Ashlaq, aged 20, was targeted by the army as he was filming the army attacking Al Khalidiyah, a city near Homs.
In a letter addressed to DCMF, Al Sham confirmed the loss of their young journalist, adding that the website would not give any additional details for security measures.
Al Ashlaq was studying engineering at Al Baat university in Damascus and was reporting for news website Al Sham. He was also helping managing the website from Homs.
Al Homsi also confirmed the death of Al Shahade on May 28 and highlighted that violence was intensified on all Homs and Alhamidiya areas on the day of the filmmaker's death.
Al Shahade, a student at Syracuse University in U.S, was in Homs despite the violence to conduct workshops on photography and filmmaking for activists.
He was arrested by the Syrian authority after Al Maydan demonstration last July and was freed shortly after.
Al Shahade was born in Damascus and was graduated from the Information Sciences University and also studied filmmaking in the United States during one year.