The militant group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has freed Zaman al-Wasl’s reporter in northern Aleppo province, a week after his arbitrary arrest.
Members of the former Syrian offshoot of al-Qaeda arrested Juma’a Haj Hamdo from his house last Wednesday in the western countryside of Aleppo and took him to an unknown destination.
Fathi Ibrahim Bayoud, the Editor-in-Chief of Zaman al-Wasl said that Hamdo was arrested for his coverage of the suffering of people in Tahrir al-Sham-held areas.
Hamdo’s arrest is the latest attempt by those who seek to silence free speech and revolutionary journalism, he added.
For over 15 years, Juma’a has been working as a reporter and photojournalist, for seven of those years he has been covering the war and the people’s suffering for Zaman al-Wasl.
He was detained in 2011 by the regime security for his pro-revolution media activities.
Like the Islamic State, Tahrir al-Sham wants to create an Islamic state of its own. This ambition makes the whole region under its control in northwestern Syria a fertile ground for mounting violations and abuses.
Formerly-known as Jabhat al-Nusra, the group has detained and killed most of its opponents including citizen journalists and human rights advocates.
Raed al-Fares and Hamoud Junaid, two pro-democracy Syrian activists and citizen journalists, were shot dead by Tahrir al-Sham last November in the village of Kafrabel in northern Idleb province.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), since May 2018, Tahrir al-Sham has detained at least two journalists in northwestern Syria.
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