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National Press Club Condemns Murder of Syrian Journalist

April 15, 2016 | By Sean Lyngaas |

The National Press Club condemned the murder this week of Syrian journalist Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.

This is reportedly the fourth murder of a Syrian journalist in Turkey that has been claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIL. Al-Sherqat, who reported for Halab Today TV, is survived by his wife and young son, according to the State Department.

“Al-Sherqat’s murder is a tragedy that reflects ISIL’s murderous treatment of journalists,” said Thomas Burr, the National Press Club president. “We applaud his brave reporting and extend our condolences to his family.”

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