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News ID: 43936
Publish Date: 8:09 - 14 October 2019
TEHRAN, oct 14_Five years following her death, Press TV reporter Serena Shim is remembered to be among the first journalists to have reported the extent of Turkey's role in instigating the ongoing bloody terrorist insurgency in neighboring Syria, a daring act of investigative journalism for which she paid for with her life.

Five years on, Press TV journalist Serena Shim's legacy lives onTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_On October 19, 2014, Shim, along with her camerawoman, was returning to their hotel after preparing a report near the Syrian city of Kobani south of the Turkish border, where a heated battle was taking place between the Daesh Takfiri group and the city's defendants.

On their way back, however, a truck crashed into their vehicle.

Early reports claimed that Shim died at the scene while later accounts suggested that she passed away due to heart failure after being transferred to hospital nearly 30 minutes later.

Shim's camerawoman, who had been transported to a different hospital, survived the incident.

Turkish authorities blamed Shim's camerawoman, who had been driving the vehicle, for the crash. No further inquiry was reported to have been carried out by Ankara.

Many doubts, however, linger regarding the official testimony provided by the Turkish officials.

The journalist's tragic death came only two days after Shim had spoken out live on Press TV about being targeted by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT), who had accused her of being a "spy" while the journalist covered the latest developments in Turkey and Syria.

"I am a bit worried, because as you know and as the viewers know, Turkey has been labeled by Reporters Without Borders as the largest prison for journalists, so I am a bit frightened what they might use against me."


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