New York, September 6, 2011--The
Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Saturday's arrest of a Syrian
journalist without charge and the continued reports of missing journalists in
Amer Matar, contributor to the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat
, was arrested by Syrian security forces in Damascus on Saturday, the Guardian
of London reported. Matar, who is also a political activist, has worked with youth groups in Syria calling for peaceful anti-regime demonstrations and has called for demonstrations on his Facebook page. Before his arrest, he emailed his friend, Karim al-Afnan, a Syrian journalist banned from Syria, a copy of his will and said, "I may not come back from Friday prayers."