Syria: 11 media activists, including a French journalist killed in February

The Syrian regime is still targeting media activists and journalists. Media Freedom Committee of the Syrian Journalists Association has documented killing of 11 journalists in February 2013 to increase victims to 138 professional and citizen journalists have been killed since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

 

The Syrian regime is still targeting media activists and journalists. Media Freedom Committee of the Syrian Journalists Association has documented killing of 11 journalists in February 2013 to increase victims to 138 professional and citizen journalists have been killed since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

 

Olivier Voisan a French journalist, was killed of wounds sustained by shrapnel, while covering military operations for Free Syrian Army in Idlib. On 24-02-2013. Olivier Voisan worked for several French media and international, including newspapers Le Monde, Liberation, L'Express, the Guardian, and Agence France Presse AFP.

 

Also Mohammed Saeed al-Hamwi a journalist, was killed during bombing Qaboun neighborhood in Damascus. Hamwi was a student in the Faculty of Information at the Damascus University, known as (Ghias Shami) as one of the most prominent media activist. Hamwi injured by a mortar shrapnel pierced his eye on 02-05-2013  while covering clashes, and killed of his wounds on 17-02-2013.

 

The media activist Youssef Adel Bakri was killed during shelling on Karam Altarab neighborhood in Aleppo. On 15-02-2013. Yousef Bakri was correspondent of Aleppo News Network. He photographed many military operations of the Free Syrian Army.

 

On the 1st of February Reporters Without Borders said that Ayham Mostafa Ghazzoul, a contributor to the Damascus-based Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), died under torture four days after being arrested on 5 November 2012. Ghazzoul was arrested during the 16 February 2012 raid on the SCM in which all of its employees and contributors, including its director, Mazen Darwish.

 

Ghazzoul freed after 67 days in detention. He was arrested again on 5 November  2012at the office on the National Union of Students on the University of Damascus campus and was again taken to air force intelligence headquarters.

 

A year passed on Mazen Darwish detention. Darwish is the director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. Who was arrested with employees and contributors of SCM on 16-02-2012. Darwish and his two colleagues Hani Zitani and Hussein Al Ghurair still in arbitrary detention. According to news from Damascus, they were transferred to Adra central prison near the capital Damascus.

 

The brigade of Free Syria (Free Syrian Army) arrested journalists of (the Aleppo Media Center and Aleppo News) under the pretext of publishing false news about the brigade. On 15-02-2013. It was then released shortly after.

 

Fighters of Free Syrian Army  take up arms at faces activists of Radio Free Deir al-Zour, which prompted radio to advertising a strike on 18.02.2013.

An expression of their rejection of restrictions on media, and their attacks on freedom of expression.

 

 

Victims of February 2013:

 

1.      Nabil al-Nabulsi, a media activist: was killed while covering clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Regime Army in Izraa town in Daraa. On 02-02-2013.

 

2.      Abdul Latif Khalil Khuder, a citizen journalist: was killed after succumbing to the wounds. He sustained by bombing of Medmah Sham town in Damascus, on 03-02-2013.

 

3.      Mohammed Kurdi, a media activist: was killed while covering clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Regime Army in Zamalka town in Damascus. On 06-02-2013.

 

4.      Zaid Abu Obeida, a media activist: was killed during the bombing of Daria town city of in Damascus, on 11-02-2013.

 

5.      Hamada Abdel-Salam al-Khatib, a citizen photographer: was killed while filming bombing on Talbisa town in Homs. On 12-02-2013.

 

6.      Youssef Adel Bakri, a media activist: was killed during shelling on Karam Altarab neighborhood in Aleppo. On 15-02-2013. Yousef Bakri was correspondent of Aleppo News Network. He photographed many military operations of the Free Syrian Army.

 

7.      Mohamed Mohamed, a media activist: was shot by a sniper while filming clashes between the Free Syrian Army, and the Syrian Regime Army, in al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood in Damascus, on 17-02-2013.

 

8.      Mohammed Saeed al-Hamwi, journalist: was killed during bombing Qaboun neighborhood in Damascus. Hamwi was a student in the Faculty of Information at the Damascus University, known as (Ghias Shami) as one of the most prominent media activist. Hamwi injured by a mortar shrapnel pierced his eye on 02-05-2013  while covering clashes, and killed of his wounds on 17-02-2013.

 

9.      Adnan Abu Abdo, a media activist: was killed by tank shelling on Darya town in Damascus, on 19-02-2013.

 

10.  Olivier Voisan: French journalist: was killed of wounds sustained by shrapnel, while covering military operations for Free Syrian Army in Idlib. On 24-02-2013. Olivier Voisan worked for several French media and international, including newspapers Le Monde, Liberation, L'Express, the Guardian, and Agence France Presse AFP.

 

11.  Wael Abdul Aziz, a media activist: was killed while covering clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Regime army, in Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs, on 25-02-2013.

 

Press Freedoms Committee of the Syrian Journalists Association

1/3/2013 

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