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German television reporter shot in Syria

The Local · 31 Mar 2013, 13:48

Published: 31 Mar 2013 13:48 GMT+02:00

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Jörg Armbruster, who reports on the Arab world for television station ARD, is thought to be in a stable condition, despite suffering serious injuries.

Armbruster and fellow journalist Martin Durm had been working in a stronghold of the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army rebels since the beginning of the week.

Armbruster was brought across the Turkish border by ambulance following an emergency operation and has received further surgery in Turkey. He is expected to be flown back to Germany with Durm on Monday.

The 65-year-old journalist has covered several developments in the Middle East, including the civil war in Libya and the ousting of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

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16:01 March 31, 2013 by sonriete
I'm very sorry to see that this man was wounded and hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. That said, these western journalists who are being killed over there, it appears that nearly all of them enter the country illegally and move about in parts of the country controlled by rebels.

I actually wonder what great value there is in us seeing these biased one sided reports that just glorify the rebel side and demonize the government.

We all know the conflict is much more complicated and nuanced than that, with a lot of ethnic motives, atrocities committed by both sides, yet journalists like Armbruster feed us a daily diet of heroic rebels fighting demonic government forces. If you look in the right places you can find a report from 2 days ago where the rebels captured a prominent cleric who supported the government in Aleppo. He was tortured bt the rebels, decapitated, his body was mutilated and then his severed head was paraded around the city as a gruesome trophy. He was never a fighter, his crime was to support the government in his sermons, murdered for words, not deeds.

Why was this not a headline on page one of FAZ, Suddeutsce Zeitung, Bild or any other newspaper? Surely it was lurid enough for them, if the government did it you know it would be on page one (probably with grizly photos) but no, if it was mentioned at all it was buried deep in an article on page 14. It didn't fit in with their preferred narrative. Oh well, it was only the truth after all.
17:53 March 31, 2013 by Leo Strauss
Tomorrow's Bild Headline:

Lone gunman Assad shoots German journalist with Iranian supplied, Russian-made sniper rifle.

Video proof provided courtesy of Al-Jazeera's blue screen studios where it was recorded 'live' in Qatar.

Persuade-Change-Influence ;)
23:36 March 31, 2013 by Landmine
65 years old?

This man is too old to be out in a combat zone. Your body does not heal as well at that age. He is best off at the TV's news station... What is the station thinking sending such an old man like that out into combat?
11:03 April 1, 2013 by RainerL
No pity from me. espect to get shot at when you are in such places. Self inflicted. Should have stayed away
18:39 April 1, 2013 by Beachrider
One USA reporter was also shot in Syria in the same timeframe. It is just very dangerous work. If someone is trying to say that he was shot for being German, that would need more substantiation.
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