709 Syrian Journalists Killed in Ten Years

Hundreds of journalists were killed in Syria during the civil war, reports the Syrian Network For Human Rights.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) has issued its annual report for the most notable violations against media workers in Syria for World Press Freedom Day, noting that 709 journalists and media workers have been killed since March 2011, including 52 due to torture.  

This report outlines the record of the most notable violations against journalists and media workers in Syria from March 2011 to May 2021, and highlights the most notable violations documented by SNHR in the past year (from May 2020 to May 2021), as well as including the most notable violations that occurred during the same period.

The report notes that the violations against journalists, citizen journalists, and media workers are continuing for the tenth consecutive year. The practices of the parties to the conflict against media sector workers in the past year did not differ from previous years, although there were fewer such incidents.

The report documents the deaths of 709 journalists and media workers at the hands of the parties to the conflict and the controlling forces in Syria between March 2011 and May 2021, including seven children and six women. Fifty two others others died as a result of torture. The Syrian regime being responsible for the deaths of 552 journalists and media workers, including five children, one woman, five foreign journalists, and 47 other citizen journalists due to torture in detention centers.

Russian forces were responsible for the deaths of 23 journalists and media workers, and ISIS killed 64, including one child, two women, three foreign journalists, and three under torture. Hay’at Tahrir al Sham also killed eight, including two who died due to torture.

The armed opposition and Syrian National Army were responsible for the deaths of 25 journalists and media workers, including one child and three women. The Syrian Democratic Forces killed four journalists and media workers, while the US-led Coalition forces killed one journalist/media worker. A further 32 were documented as being killed by other parties, including one foreign journalist.

The report records that at least 1,563 journalists and media workers have been injured to varying degrees at the hands of the parties to the conflict and the controlling forces in Syria since March 2011.

In terms of arbitrary arrests and  enforced disappearances, the report documents at least 1,211 cases of arrests and kidnappings of journalists and media workers at the hands of the parties to the conflict and the controlling forces in Syria since March 2011, including three women and 17 foreign journalists.

 

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

 

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