Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anthony Shadid died recently while reporting from Syria, the victim of a fatal asthma attack. He was Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times at the time of his death.
Two more journalists have now also died in Syria, though they seem to have been targeted, according to reports.
Among the 20 people that activist groups reported killed, two were Western journalists, the veteran American war correspondent Marie Colvin, who had been working for The Sunday Times of London, and a young French photographer, RÃƒÂ©mi Ochlik. The two had been working in a makeshift media center that was destroyed in the assault, raising suspicions that Syrian security forces might have identified its location by tracing satellite signals. Experts say that such tracking is possible with sophisticated equipment.