Media watchdog calls on Turkey to catch IS killers of Syrian journalist

April 13, 2016 13:38

ISTANBUL - A prominent media advocacy group on Wednesday called on Turkish authorities to protect journalists after a Syrian reporter was gunned down in broad daylight by Islamic State militants in southeastern Turkey - the fourth such in six months.

Zaher al-Shurqat, an online broadcaster for Aleppo Today who regularly traveled to Syria to report from the front-line in the fight against Islamic State, was shot in the neck on Sunday by a masked attacker in Gaziantep near the Syria border.

He died in hospital two days later, Turkey's Dogan News agency reported. Islamic State's Amaq news agency, in a statement from the group claiming responsibility for Shurqat's killing, said his journalistic work had been "antagonistic" to Islamic State.

"Turkish authorities must urgently demonstrate that killing journalists on the streets of Turkey is unacceptable and will not go unpunished," Nina Ognianova, a senior representative of the U.S.-based Committee To Protect Journalists, said in a statement.

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