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Death of the journalist Mo’az al-Khaled

A poet, journalist and third-year student at Damascus media college who was originally from the Golan Plateau, Mo’az al-Khaled was just 23 when political security officials arrested him at his home in the Damascus district of Barzeh on 4 June 2012 because of his coverage of peaceful demonstrations in Barzeh and neighbouring Qaboun. After being […]

“Journalism in Syria, impossible job?”, Reporters Without Borders

Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, more than 110 news providers have been killed in the course of their work in Syria since March 2011 and more than 60 are currently detained, held hostage or missing. As Edouard Elias and Didier François, two French […]

Death of the reporter Al-Mu’taz Billah Ibrahim

Al-Mu’taz Billah Ibrahim was a 21-year-old reporter from near Aleppo who worked for Shaam news network (SNN) in Raqqa. Members of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) executed him on 4 May after holding him hostage and torturing him for two months. According to activist sources, he was executed because of his media […]

Call for the immediate release of disappeared human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq

Over one and a half years after the disappearance of renowned Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq, the undersigned organizations are reiterating their call on the Syrian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally. Khalil Ma’touq, the director of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research, disappeared on 2 October 2012, along with his […]

Free all news providers arbitrarily detained or abducted in Syria!

World Press Freedom DayFree all news providers arbitrarily detained or abducted in Syria! Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for news providers. Hundreds of journalists, citizen-journalists and media assistants have been killed, arbitrarily arrested, detained, abducted, subjected to enforced disappearance and tortured by the various parties to the conflict since the start of […]