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.




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