Citizen journalists silenced in Syria violence

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Tanks roll through Homs at the start of Feb
The United Nations estimates that the Assad regime is killing 100 citizens per day Photo: Press Association

For the first time in a long while today there has been precious little in the way of picture emerging from the besieged city of Homs. But, in a sense, the lack of picture says more about what is happening there than an abundance of it .

In other words, the civilian journalists who have been risking their lives getting pictures out have been silenced . One can only imagine the fear in Homs as Syrian troops and security police move from building to building in what they chillingly describe as a "cleansing operation".

The priority of the regime has been to get rid of the people who shed light on what is happening in a very dark place . It looks like they've succeeded. The only people there to bear witness now are those who may well not emerge to tell the story .