Two citizen journalists have been killed in Syria in recent weeks, taking the death toll of journalists and media activists in the country to 89.
Mohamed Khair Sheikh Qwaider was killed in the Damascus suburb of Erbeen in a battle between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian regime forces on Thursday.
Doha Centre for Media Freedom spoke to the Syrian Journalists Association (SJA), who said that Qwaider was killed during a military bombardment of the town and described him as a strong voice in the media and a daring photographer.
The citizen journalist, who created the Facebook page “We are all Erbeen martyrs,” was a member of the Erbeen coordinating committee for the Free Syrian Army.
The SJA also confirmed that on November 30, citizen journalist Marwan Hamid Charbaji was killing during military bombardment of the Damascus suburb of Daraya.
The SJA said that Charbaji had been one of the most prominent photographers in the area and had filmed a number of videos in particularly dangerous circumstances.
Marwan Hamid Charbaji
DCMF calls for end to targeting of journalists
Doha Centre for Media Freedom has repeated its calls for both regime and rebel forces to put an end to the targeting of journalists and media workers in Syria.
The centre has been monitoring the situation for journalists, citizen journalists and media activists in Syria, and has compiled a death toll of the media workers who have lost their lives. Following news of these latest deaths, the number of deaths has reached 89.
Sources: DMCF, SJA