24 Feb '12, 4am

Syrian forces 'ordered to kill Western journalists'

HOMS - Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed by Syrian forces acting on direct orders to murder Western journalists, it has been claimed. President Bashar Assad's army was so determined to silence reporters who were telling the world about the relentless killing of civilians in the besieged city of Homs that they pledged to "kill any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil". Colvin, 56, died with a French photographer, 28-year-old Remi Ochlik (picture), when they were fired on as they tried to flee from a makeshift press centre that had suffered a direct hit from a shell. Witnesses said they were killed by a rocket-propelled grenade as they emerged from the ruins of the press centre. Mr Jean-Pierre Perrin, a journalist for the Paris-based Liberation newspaper who had been with Colvin in Homs last week, said they had been told that the Syrian army was delibe...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120224-0000025/Syrian...

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