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Killing of Press TV reporter, premeditated attack: Analyst
« on: September 27, 2012, 07:29:10 PM »

Killing of Press TV reporter, premeditated attack: Analyst

The recent killing of Press TV’s correspondent in Syria Maya Naser was a “sophisticated” act of assassination plotted against the staff of the Iranian English-language news channel, an international lawyer says.

“I think clearly this murder was premeditated. Just look at how sophisticated this was. This murder was timed to occur right after a terrorist attack and it clearly was a terrorist attack,” Paul Wolf, a renowned human rights and international lawyer, told Press TV.

“The purpose of it is to make a big splash in the news media and make it look like the Syrian military headquarters was actually attacked itself,” he added.

Wolf argued that the assailants may have known that Press TV was covering the incident and they “may have been watching or even tracking, by their cellphones, the Press TV’s journalist.”

Naser was hit by a sniper on Wednesday morning while reporting live. He was accompanied with Press TV and Al-Alam Damascus bureaus chief, Hosein Mortada, who was also injured in the attack.

The two were covering twin bomb blasts, which targeted the military command building in the Syrian capital and killed at least four Syrian security forces.

The assassination of the 33-year-old journalist has drawn strong international condemnation with Reporters Without Borders denouncing the murder.

Born on July 30, 1979 in Syria, Naser had studied political science, was fluent in Arabic and English and had worked in many countries including the US, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain.