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Journalist for Syrian Media Organization killed in roadside bombing

August 24, 2017 1:51 PM ET

Beirut, August 23, 2017--The regional director of the rebel-affiliated Syrian Media Organization was killed August 21 in a roadside bombing in the southwestern province of Daraa, according to the group's executive director Abu al-Majd al-Zoabi....

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Court sentences two Syrian journalists for blasphemy, shutters magazine

August 16, 2017 12:30 PM ET

The Court of First Instance of the Second Criminal Court of the Syrian city of Douma, which is under the control of the rebel group the Army of Islam, on July 11, 2017, sentenced Shawkat Gharz al-Din, a journalist for Rising for Freedom, and Laila Safadi, the editor of...

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Syrian journalist killed near Homs

July 31, 2017 3:11 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2017--The death of Khaled al-Khateb, a Syrian freelance correspondent for the Russian government-funded broadcaster RT's Arabic-language service, in Homs province yesterday is a tragic reminder of the risks journalists face covering Syria's conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls for release of Zagros TV journalist detained in Syria

June 29, 2017 1:07 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to the co-chairs of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria and authorities governing the Cizire Canton in Syria, to request the release of Zagros TV journalist Barzan Hussein Liani, whom security forces detained in May.

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Kurdish security forces detain TV journalist in Syria

May 17, 2017 4:06 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--Kurdish security forces in northern Syria should immediately release Zagros TV journalist Barzan Hussein Liani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of the Asayish, the security force for the de facto government of the Rojava region in northern Syria, on May 13 detained...

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Being a Target

April 25, 2017 8:20 AM ET

A reporter learns how to dodge terrorist threats to get the story By Rukmini Callimachi The convoy of cars flying al-Qaeda's black flag swept across northern Mali in 2012. Within weeks, it felt like a curtain had been drawn....

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Zone of Silence

April 25, 2017 8:19 AM ET

The public is robbed of information when journalists are murdered By Robert Mahoney Journalist Avijit Roy founded the blog "Mukto-Mona," or Free Thinker, as a forum for free expression and ideas that challenged the growing religious intolerance in his native Bangladesh. His blog for intellectual freedom cost him his life....

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Where I've Never Set Foot

April 25, 2017 8:02 AM ET

Barred from Syria, a journalist must make sense of what she's told By Alessandria Masi The morning after the attack, my deputy editor and I lit cigarettes as we squatted on the green couch in our closet-size Beirut office, hanging out the window and talking about what we thought had...

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Syrian journalist killed by airstrike in Daraa

March 13, 2017 3:18 PM ET

Washington, D.C, March 13, 2017--Yesterday's death of freelance journalist Mohamed Abazied in an airstrike on the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa highlights the dangers that journalists and all civilians face in Syria's long-running conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Abazied was killed while reporting on Russian and...

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CPJ calls for release of kidnapped South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed

January 17, 2017 4:54 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last week while documenting the humanitarian relief effort in northern Syria....

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