In an echo of the Marie Colvin assassination , Channel Four News chief correspondent, Alex Thompson narrowly escaped being the next propaganda death for the rebels in Syria.
From Raphael Satter Associated Press June 8 2012
LONDON—A British journalist claims Syrian rebels set him up to die in no man’s land near the Lebanese border, saying Friday he believes they wanted to use his death at the hands of government forces to score propaganda points.
Channel 4 News’s chief correspondent Alex Thomson said the incident happened Monday in the Syrian town of Qusair, about half an hour’s drive from the battered city of Homs.
In a blog post published to Channel 4’s website and in an email exchange with the Associated Press, Thomson said he, his driver, a translator and two other journalists were trying to return to government lines when their rebel escort led them down what he described as a dead-end in the middle of a “free-fire zone.” A shot rang out, and he said their car made a series of panicky manoeuvres before retreating the way it came.
Thomson claimed that they weren’t led into no man’s land by mistake.