The Autonomous Administration, the political arm of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), called on its “committees and offices” in the Deir-ez-Zor governorate to prepare lists identifying all media professionals in areas under their influence.
Local networks have published a circular, reportedly issued by the Autonomous Administration’s Deir-ez-Zor Executive Council on Thursday (August 4th). According to the text, the circular’s purpose was to “organize the work of journalists and media professionals.”
The circular noted that assessing journalists’ work in SDF’s spheres of influence was to impose “responsibility on those transmitting information.”
Local network Ein al-Furat reported that media professionals and activists now fear that SDF plans to launch a campaign of arrests, similar to what happened in Raqqa a few days ago.
Over the past few days, the Syrian Network for Human Rights has recorded the arrest of at least 16 journalists, including two women, after raids conducted in Raqqa city on July 30.
Those detained work for several local media outlets and institutions, according to a statement issued by the Syrian Network for Human Rights in early August.
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