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CPJ: Al-Jazeera Cameraman Killed

Mohammed al-Asfar , an Al-Jazeera cameraman, was killed Friday covering fighting in the Syrian province of Daraa, the second Al-Jazeera journalists to be killed there since December, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

CPJ said al-Asfar, who was only 19, had been working for the news net since March.

"Syria is the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, in a statement. "Telling the story of their country's civil war has increasingly made Syrian journalists vulnerable to both direct attacks and crossfire."

Back in December, Mahran al-Deeri, who reported for Al-Jazeera's website, was killed in a an automobile accident reportedly after turning off his headlights to avoid being targeted with government fire.

Al-Asfar was reportedly killed by government shelling of rebel forces.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.