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Stockholm - Skyline International for Human Rights condemns the killing of two journalists and the arrest of a third in attacks in Sudan and Syria as the latest forms of serious violations of the right to life, and stresses that these incidents require serious investigations and accountability of those involved. 

In a statement released today, Thursday, it said, "It is with regret that we followed the news of the killing of Sudanese journalist TV, Essam Hussein, by gunmen in his home in Omdurman". 

According to the Hussein family, Essam was killed by two bullets, one to the head, in a direct assassination attempt by suspected members of the rapid reaction forces after he refused to leave his home. 

Skyline points out that both the Sudanese Journalists Syndicate and the network accuse the rapid reaction forces of murdering him, which is a terrible crime that requires the launching of a serious investigation to hold those involved accountable and bring them to justice. 

It is noteworthy that Hussein is one of the most capable photographers for well-known programs, the most famous of which is the program " Asmaa fi Hayatina".  

Skyline also states that security forces belonging to the Rapid Reaction Forces arrested journalist Nasser Al-Nour and beat and tortured him. 

In this context, Skyline also deplored the killing of journalist Firas Al-Ahmad, correspondent of Syrian channel Sama TV. He was accompanied by two Syrian soldiers when an explosive device went off yesterday (Wednesday) in Daraa governorate in the south of the country. 

An earlier report said that a Syrian cameraman from TV was also killed in the blast, but Syrian media later reported that the cameraman was fine after being rescued by residents of the area. 

Syria ranks 175th out of 180 countries on Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index, which documents the killing of more than 270 Syrian journalists since the conflict began in 2011. 

Skyline states that 15 journalists, as well as one staff member, have been killed in violent attacks on journalists around the world since the beginning of this year. 

The international foundation 'Skyline' says: "Journalists pay a high price for conflicts and wars in the world and calls on parties to armed conflicts and disputes to respect the rules of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions and to avoid targeting civilians, including journalists, and civilian objects and to keep them away from all acts of war. 

Skyline therefore emphasises the need to respect the work of journalists and to avoid targeting them by the parties to the conflict so that they can report unhindered on what is happening in the world. 

At the end of its statement, Skyline deplores the fact that journalists continue to be killed, injured, and arrested in various conflict zones and calls for the launch of a serious investigation into the circumstances that led to the killing of journalists and an end to the policy of impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.