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Last modified: 4 Jan 2012 05:51

The Committee to Protect Journalists says it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a Syrian state journalist and a videographer who documented unrest in Homs province.

The group cited news accounts saying Shukri Abu al-Burghul, a host on state-owned Radio Damascus and an editor with the state-owned daily Al-Thawra, was shot in the head by unidentified gunmen on Friday in his home in the Damascus suburb of Darya.

State television reported that the journalist was shot by "armed terrorist groups." 

Basil al-Sayed, who regularly filmed security forces cracking down on anti-government protesters in his neighbourhood of Bab Amr in Homs, died in a local hospital of gunshot wounds on December 27, according to news reports. He was reportedly shot by security forces. His footage appeared on the sites of loosely-knit citizen news organisations.