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Female corespondent beat by MP's bodyguard
On June 10, Syrian Socialist National Party (SSNP) MP Asaad Hardan’s bodyguard, Hussein Hashem, severely beat al-Jadeed female correspondent Ghadi Francis, al-Jadeed television reported. Francis was in the Dhour el-Shweir area to cover the electoral process run by the SSNP, and Hashem reportedly asked her to leave. When she refused, he punched her in the face, kicked her multiple times, and assaulted her. The party apologized to the television station and criticized the attack against Francis but denied that the MP’s bodyguard attacked her. The party added that Hashem was not Hardan’s bodyguard but rather a journalist who worked for the SSNP newspaper Al-Binaa.