Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Arrested Critical Media Activist

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham has arrested a media activist that is critical of its policies and positions, in a continuation of its policy of repressing journalists, according to al-Souria Net.
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Arrested Critical Media Activist

On Wednesday, media activist Adham Dashrni was arrested by the security apparatus of the Salvation Government, run by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, in the city of Idleb.

Sources told al-Souria Net that the security apparatus of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham arrested media activist Adham Dashrni. He appeared in the First Military Court of the Salvation Government, on Wednesday morning.

The sources pointed out that Adham appeared in court after receiving several warnings from the Salvation Government against criticism of their [Salvation Government] practices.

According to two documents posted by Adham through his Facebook account, the prosecution belongs to Najib al-Khalil, director of media in the Salvation Government.

The sources explained that the directorate summoned Adham several times, after his criticism of the directorate and the Salvation Government until the file reached the First Military Court in the Ministry of Justice of the Salvation Government.

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Adham descends from the town of Taftanaz, east of Idleb. He works as a photographer and a member of the Syrian Media Forum, besides being a photographer for the Jaysh al-Ahrar faction.

The Directorate of Information of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has monopolized the media work in Idleb, using “press cards” it issues selectively. This procedure is used as a way of prosecuting and holding accountable the violating journalists.

On April 5, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham arrested media activist Khaled Husseinou near the  Kafr Losin border camps, north of Idleb, without disclosing any reasons for the arrest.

Hosseinou covers the situation in the camps in northern Syria. He is a freelance reporter who works for several local agencies.

Earlier human rights reports issued against Tahrir al-Sham accused it of restricting journalists in the areas under its control in Idleb and the western countryside of Aleppo.

This article was translated and 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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