In the latest in a series of grim news for war journalists, two Reuters television journalists, Beirut-based producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji, traveled to Syria on Thursday afternoon for reporting on the mass protests. Both had been expected to cross into Lebanon on Saturday, but have been unreachable since Saturday night, Reuters reports.
Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said: “Reuters is deeply concerned about our two Reuters television colleagues who went missing in Syria on Saturday. We have reached out to the relevant authorities in Syria and have asked for their help in securing our colleagues’ safe return home.”
A senior Reuters editor plans to travel to Damascus to discuss the matter formally with Syrian officials.