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PARIS, -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, denounced the killing of journalists Abdelqadir Fassouk and Khaled al-Zintani in Libya.
"I condemn the killing of Abdelqadir Fassouk and Khaled al-Zintani," the Director-General said. "The media play an important role in ensuring informed public debate and the safety of media workers must be guaranteed, even in times of conflict.
Abdelqadir Fassouk, a photojournalist and correspondent for satellite news channel Arraed TV, was shot while covering clashes in the Libyan city of Sirte, on July 21. Experienced freelance journalist Khaled al-Zintani was killed while reporting on fighting in Benghazi on June 24.
The Committee to Protect Journalists also condemned the killings.
"The death of Abdelqadir Fassouk is a reminder of the terrible price that journalists in Libya are paying to do their jobs," said CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour. "International attention to Libya's conflict may have faded, but reporters and photographers are still battling dangerous odds to gather and share the news."
Arraed, a satellite news channel based in Istanbul, said Fassouk was covering fighting between forces loyal to Libya's unity government and the Daesh group in the Ouagadougou neighborhood on the outskirts of the coastal city of Sirte. He was taking footage of a young fighter allied with the government as the forces circled Daesh bases in the area. A shot from the Daesh side hit Fassouk directly in the head, killing him instantly, the channel said.
Photojournalist al-Zintani was killed by a sniper while reporting in Gwersha, a southern district in Benghazi, on June 24. Al-Zintani documented the involvement of the Saiqa (special forces) of the Libyan National Army in the conflict in Libya.
Al-Zintani was covering an offensive by the Saiqa against Islamist militias at the time of his death, according to his colleagues and news reports.
Source: Name News Network