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Journalists Still Missing In Syria

Mohammed al-Saeed, a presenter for Syrian state TV, was kidnapped by the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front on July 19, 2012. The group said in a press release dated August 3 that it executed al-Saeed, but that claim has not been independently verified. At the time, state TV director Maan Saleh told Agence France Presse: “We have no material proof of this killing.”

Talal Janbakeli, a cameraman for Syrian state TV, was filming in Damascus on August 3, 2012, when he was kidnapped by armed men from a rebel group called Haroun al-Rashid Battalion, according to news reports. The group posted a video on YouTube with a frightened Janbakeli saying he had been captured. In the video, armed men ask the cameraman what advice he has for his colleagues; he responds that they should abandon President Bashar al-Assad and his army. CPJ has not heard anything about his case since.