|Syria Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi (SANA)
Syria Information Minister: Armed Terrorist Group attacks al-Ikhbariya TV
(Dp-news - Sana)
DAMASCUS- Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Wednesday said the armed terrorist groups perpetrated the worst massacre against journalism and the freedom of media when they executed the Syria media figures in cold blood.
Three journalists and workers in the Syrian al-Ikhbaryia Satellite Channel were martyred Wednesday morning in a brutal terrorist attack by an armed terrorist group targeting the headquarters of al-Ikhbaryia.
The martyrs who were killed in the terrorist attack against al-Ikhbariya Channel are: Sami Abu Amin, Zaid Kahl and Mohammad Shamma.
The Minister held those who instigate against Syria and escalate terrorism against its people fully responsible for this massacre.
Minister al-Zoubi said "This massacre won't go unpunished and the broadcast of the Syrian al-Ikhbaryia Satellite Channel will not stop and we hold the EU, Arab and International organizations responsible for this massacre."
Al-Zoubi added: "Those who committed this crime had carried out the decision of the Arab League Council to silence the voice of Syria."
Minister al-Zoubi also asserted that the armed terrorist groups who broke into the headquarters of al-Ikhbariya perpetrated a heinous crime executing the journalists, employees and civil guards, telephone operators, exploding the studios, looting some of the Channel technical sets.
Minister al-Zoubi added that the EU decision in Luxembourg to impose sanctions on Syrian TV and Radio in addition to the continued campaigns of provocations against Syria have been crowned today with this terrorist attack against al-Ikhbariya Satellite Channel.
Minister al-Zoubi referred this heinous crime against the Syrian Media to the EU with all of its institutions, to all ministers of information worldwide, Arab and foreign press, UN, UN Security Council, UN Human Rights Council, Arab League, as well as to Arab league Secretary General.
Syria`s state media reported that terrorists planted explosive devices in the headquarters of al-Ikhbaryia following their ransacking and destroying of the Satellite Channel studios, including the newsroom studio which was entirely destroyed.
The Ministry of Information stressed that on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 an armed terrorist group perpetrated an attack against al-Ikhbariya TV channel headquarters in Damascus Countryside.
The armed groups assassinated a number of journalists and technicians in the channel and the security members, and they planted explosive devices in the news studios and other buildings and destroyed them completely.
The Ministry's statement pointed out that the Ministry of Information considers this crime as a crime against journalism and media conventions.
The Ministry stressed that this attack against the freedom of information comes in the framework of the attempts of preventing the Syrian national media from satellite broadcasting and the EU sanctions on the General Organization for Radio and TV.
The Ministry called on the Arab Council of Ministers of Information to shoulder responsibility to guarantee the freedom of journalism and satellite broadcasting and journalists' lives, security and safety everywhere.
For their part, a number of al- Ikhbariya channel journalists stressed that the massacre committed against the channel will not dissuade them from conveying the reality of the events, adding that they are more resolved to defend Syria's dignity.
Meanwhile, The Syrian Journalists Union and National Media Council mourned the martyrdom of three journalists.
In turn and at a statement published Wednesday, the Syrian National Media council offered sincere condolences for the families of the martyrs, expressing condemnation of all forms of terrorism which targets Syria's security and stability.
The National Media council statement stressed that the Syrian national media will remain one of the most important basis of Syria's resistance to protect its role and position in the region and the world.
Chairman of the National Media Council Taleb Qadi Amin stressed that the terrorist attack against the Syrian al-Ikhbariya channel is a "coward Terrorist act" which aims at silencing the voice of the truth of the Syrian media.
Amin condemned this coward act expressing support of all Syrian media figures to their mates in al-Ikhbariya channel.
He denounced the European Countries' sanctions on the Syrian TV and the General Board of the Radio and TV, asserting that they completed this issue through this coward act against a Syrian national media institution which represents the voice of truth.
In turn, Former Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud stressed that the brutal terrorist crime against the Syrian al-Ikhbariya Channel is a part of the scheme which targets the Syrian media as it conveys the reality of the terrorist acts perpetrated against the Syrian people.
In a phone call with the Syrian TV, Mahmoud called on all the journalists to shoulder their ethical and legal responsibilities towards this crime.
Several Ambassadors accredited in Damascus have also expressed complete solidarity with the Syrian media and offered, on behalf of their countries, condolences for the families of the martyrs.
Also Members of the Peoples' Assembly condemned the barbarian massacre against the Syria media and journalists which aim at silencing the voice of Syria.
The Assembly members asserted that terrorism against the Syrian journalists will not dissuade them from continuing their media massage to convey the truth.
According to Syria state-run media, al-Ikhbaryia Satellite Channel, an active Syrian media means in confronting misleading and misinformation campaigns, continued, however, its transmission regardless of the brutal terrorist attack.
Syria has been facing a sinister campaign launched by some Arab media means, especially the Qatari and Saudi, and western media means fabricating and disseminating false, virtual and biased news.
Syria's voice with all of its media outlets would ever remain as to encounter the hatched conspiracies, blasting the Arab League recent decision to prohibit Syrian media transmission via Arabsat and Nilesat, holding the League Secretary-General accountable for this legal and political liability.
Number of Comments (7)
The civilians that you speak of were mostly armed. When civilians are armed, they are either terrorists or rebels, both of which should be put down as insurrection. 90% of the bloodshed you see in Syria is the direct result of CIA, MI6, and blackwater involvement to try to escalate hostillities and overthrow the region.
The fact that Iran is being excluded from these talks is even further indication that United States and other Western nations have longer term nefarious agenda for the region. How do you not invite Iran, the greatest allie of Syria to such talks? Most world leaders agree Iran should be present, including Kofi Anan and Vladimir Putin... The United States threatened to walk away like child if an invitation were to be extended to Iran. Grow up America.
|You don't have the facts
|| 6/28/2012 8:29:33 AM
There is an agenda to start a WAR in the region to consolidate "ownership" of the OIL. 'Babies on bayonets' and this strike against Syria's domestic communication network are likely perpetrated by the "corporate elite", of whatever nation or species.
|| 6/28/2012 4:10:52 AM
|| 6/28/2012 12:14:31 AM
I think I should stfu
|| 6/27/2012 6:42:44 PM
Whatever, my sheep friend!
Are you so blinded by the pro-American propoganda published by your "corporate" and "military" leaders that you aren't able to read anymore? These anti-Assad innocents just "EXECUTED" these civilians/journalists simply for believing in their coumtry?! Should they be rewarded for these acts of terrorism?
|| 6/27/2012 4:56:32 PM
Arbs are classic joker. Its the US that runs these jokers. Europeans are clueless, looking at the US for everything. Turks are coward, boneless. Its the US which decides on everything. As long as US is not getting involved militarily, the reset of the "international community" (the Arabs, EU, Turks) will only bark.
armed terrorist groups perpetrated the worst massacre "against journalism and the freedom of media" when they executed the Syria media figures in cold blood.
loooool syria, your so pathetic, you kill your civilians in cold blood, put journalists in jail and torture them and NOW you say they acted against freedom of speech etc.
can you say lying hypocrites
|| 6/27/2012 2:24:33 PM