Three killed in raid on Syria's Ikhbariya TV station
Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 27-06-2012
Three employees of Syrian pro-government TV news channel Ikhbariya have been killed after gunmen attacked the channel's headquarters.
According to state media agency Sana, the terrorists planted explosive devices in the headquarters of al-Ikhbariya following their ransacking of the satellite channel studios, including the newsroom, which was entirely destroyed.
The Syrian press is tightly regulated by the Ministry of Information. Although Ikhbariya is privately owned, opponents of President Bashar al-Assad say it is a government mouthpiece.
During the 16-month-old pro-democracy revolt against the Assad family's four-decade rule, Ikhbariya has been pushing to counter what it says is a campaign of misinformation by western and Arab satellite channels on the uprising, which it describes as a foreign-backed terrorist conspiracy.
Ikhbariya resumed broadcasting shortly after the attack.