Journalist saved from ISIL captivity: Governments should pay ransom for hostages After Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times was murdered by Assad's forces in Homs in 2012, media organizations stopped covering Syria from the opposition side, claiming that the proliferation of armed groups made it impossible to guarantee the safety of journalists. We never hear from the tame reporters who go to Damascus that the Free Syrian Army has tried to protect them throughout. "Aygün points out that FSA members respect journalists as they had helped him enter Syria numerous times before and cover the civil war across the country. “My calmness and relaxed attitude in the area largely stems from the FSA's stance. The FSA respect me as a journalist, even though I often take photographs of them executing their enemies, because there is bloodshed in the country and I help Syrians make their voices heard.” "