BEIRUT

Middle East

War claims more than 300 journalists, media activists

BEIRUT: The war in Syria has resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people working as journalists, an anti-regime group said Saturday. 

The Violations and Documentations Center issued a report on the occasion of World Press Freedom day, in which it classified a variety of human rights violations to which professional journalists and civilian “media activists” have been subjected. 

It said that 307 journalists had been allegedly killed by regime forces or paramilitary allies, mostly by gunfire or bombing, with 24 of them allegedly tortured to death.

The report also discussed violations by nonregime groups, such as ultraconservative jihadists and Kurdish militias. It said 50 journalists still remain missing after a total of 114 were arbitrarily detained and blamed ISIS, an Al-Qaeda splinter group, for most of the kidnappings, mainly in the city of Aleppo. 

It said the Kurdish PYD militia had also engaged in detaining, intimidating and expelling journalists.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 05, 2014, on page 8.

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here