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In its last report, Reporters Without Borders considers Syria as “the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. ” Priority targets of the regime and its security forces since 2011, Syrian journalists are now facing an increasing deadly threat since 2013: the Jihadists militias.

Despite intimidation and threats, Syrian media are uniting for the first time and standing up together to demand an end to the crimes and abuses committed against all journalists.

The following, is a statement jointly signed by Syrian media, Syrian NGOs, leading international NGOs and high profile personalities.

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STATEMENT

DEMANDING AN END TO THE CRIMES AND ABUSES TOWARDS JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA WORKERS IN SYRIA

On October 1st, forces from the armed group the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) raided Radio Ana offices in Raqqah. On October 15th, they raided the office a second time, taking possession of all radio and communications equipment.

This example of abuses against the press shall not remain unnoticed, nor should it be considered as an isolated case. The “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) is targeting the newborn independent Syrian press in a deliberate strategy to crush press freedom and to impose a renewed and constant censorship upon the Syrian people.

We, the undersigned,

Refuse any form of intimidation against journalists, citizen journalists, media activists or media organizations, by any group, in any context, and under any pretext. Press freedom and freedom of expression are inalienable and universal human rights. Any abuse against these universal rights must be condemned and opposed. We call on the whole Syrian civil society, its political institutions and its media groups, to take relevant action to expose these practices, to oppose them, and to protect the media from these dangers. We demand the immediate release of all detained journalists and citizen journalists held by the regime, ISIS or any other group. Additionally, we call on international media and those organizations in support of press freedom to join this initiative and to take relevant action for the safety of journalists and freedom of speech in Syria.

 

 

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