Journalist Dies on Air After Defending Assad

Egyptian Blasted Syrian Opposition as Front for Israel

By Blair Thornburgh

Published July 13, 2012.

An Egyptian journalist reportedly died in the midst of a live television broadcast on Iraq’s Al-Hadath channel while defending Syrian strongman Bashar Assad.

Egypt’s Al Ahram reports that Adel Al-Gogari, 56, suffered a fatal blood clot on camera in Cairo, after a debate about the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad Wednesday night. On the newscast, he called his opponent, Free Syrian Army (FSA) member Brigadier-General Hossam, a “fugitive soldier” and claimed the FSA was funded by Israel.

The late journalist had recently appeared on Al-Jazeera Arabic’s “The Opposite Direction” where he came to the heated defense of the Syrian regime and decrying an “international conspiracy” against Assad.

Al-Gogari was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.



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