Photo of Missing Journalist Surfaces
BBG renews call for release of cameraman, correspondent for U.S. Middle East channel Alhurra TV
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/29/2012 10:10:32 AMpublished a picture of missing Alhurra TV cameraman Cuneyt Unal, prompting the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees Alhurra TV, the Middle East-targeted satellite TV channel.
The picture surfaced Oct. 24, according to BBG.
Unal and correspondent Bashar Fahmi have been missing since Aug. 20, when they were reportedly kidnapped by Syrian forces, although the Syrian government released a statement Tuesday, Sept. 4, saying Fahmi was not under Syrian authority.
Unal, who is Turkish, was shown in a video Aug. 26 on a Syrian government channel claiming to be part of an international militant force. The Turkish ambassador has maintained Unal was forced to make the statement.
"We continue demand the immediate release of Unal and Fahmi," said Richard Lobo, Director of the BBG's International Broadcasting Bureau, in a statement Sunday, Oct. 28. "They were in Syria to report on the news strictly in a journalistic capacity."
A Japanese reporter, Mika Yamamoto, was killed in the Northern Syrian city of Aleppo in last August, according to various reports, including from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Fahmi and Unal were in the same city when they were captured.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says Syria is currently the most dangerous posting in the world for journalists.
Also still missing in Syria is U.S. journalist Austin Tice and Anhar Kochneva, a freelance Ukrainian journalist, which BBG pointed out Sunday had disappeared from Homs on Oct. 9. On Oct. 10, according to CPJ, Mohammed al-Ashram, a cameraman for Syrian TV station TV station Al-Ikhbariya was killed while covering a clash between rebels and the Syrian government.
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