Journalistic Community Scrutinizes Reuters Over 18-Year-Old Photographer’s Death

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The bitter civil war between the Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists, which started in 2011, is fast becoming one of the deadliest and tragic wars in modern history. Already, it has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 and chased millions of people away from their homes and their country.

Due to this ongoing conflict, Syria has also become one of the deadliest places for journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 52 journalists have been killed since the Syrian war started.

On December 20th, tragedy struck again – Reuters freelance photojournalist Molhem Barakat was killed while photographing a clash over Kindi hospital in the city of Aleppo. Doubly tragic was the fact that he was only 18 years old at the time of his death, a teenager with his entire life ahead of him.

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