Syria / 2012

CPJ welcomes release of NBC's Engel

December 18, 2012 1:16 PM ET

New York, December 18, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of NBC correspondent Richard Engel and three crew members on Monday following five days of captivity in Syria....

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Journalists continue to pay heavy price in Syria

December 4, 2012 5:18 PM ET

New York, December 4, 2012--An editor for a state-run paper and a reporter for a pro-opposition weekly died in Syria in recent days, lifting the death toll in the world's most dangerous place for the press....

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Syria must restore Internet access immediately

November 29, 2012 4:54 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2012 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Internet and cell phone shutdown in Syria today which disconnects Syrians from the world as they endure conflict....

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Two more journalists killed in Syria

November 26, 2012 5:45 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2012--At least two journalists have been killed over the past five days while documenting unrest in Syria, according to news reports....

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Video emerges of Ukrainian journalist captive in Syria

November 14, 2012 4:13 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2012--A Ukrainian journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in mid-October appeared in a short video last week pleading for her embassy to meet the demands of her captors, according to news reports. At least two other international journalists are believed to be held captive in...

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Lebanese journalist abducted by rebel group in Syria

October 29, 2012 4:39 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2012--A rebel group abducted a Lebanese journalist in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, bringing to at least five the number of international journalists being held captive by various sides of the conflict. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the journalists' captors to immediately...

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One journalist killed, another reported missing in Syria

October 16, 2012 4:23 PM ET

New York, October 16, 2012--The heavy toll on news media covering the conflict in Syria has grown yet again over the past week as a journalist for a pro-government TV station was killed and a Ukrainian journalist working for Russian news outlets is believed to be kidnapped....

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In Syria, journalists killed, injured by sniper fire

September 26, 2012 3:36 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2012--Iran's Press TV has reported that one of its correspondents, Maya Naser, was killed today while reporting on twin explosions and ensuing clashes in Damascus. The state-run station also said that its Damascus bureau chief, Hussein Mortada, was wounded in the same sniper fire and...

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Syrian journalist killed in city of Hama

September 21, 2012 4:00 PM ET

New York, September 21, 2012--Syrian security forces launched an assault Wednesday on the home of a cameraman who had recorded hundreds of videos on the country's conflict, burning the house and killing the journalist and three of his friends, local activists told international news outlets. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Syria must release U.S. journalist believed in state custody

August 30, 2012 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2012--Syrian authorities must immediately release U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice believed to be in government custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Video shows Turkish cameraman held captive in Syria

August 27, 2012 2:41 PM ET

New York, August 27, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal, who appeared exhausted and bruised in a video aired today in which he said he had been taken captive while reporting in Syria. Ünal, a cameraman for the U.S. government-funded...

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U.S. journalist unaccounted for in Syria

August 23, 2012 4:32 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the well-being of U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice, who has not been heard from in Syria for more than a week, according to reports from The Washington Post and the McClatchy news service, two outlets for...

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Japanese reporter killed, two missing in Syria

August 20, 2012 9:06 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2012--A Japanese reporter was killed amid heavy fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo today, while two other journalists were reported missing in the city, news reports said....

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Kidnapped journalists released in Syria

August 17, 2012 12:57 PM ET

Two journalists of the pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya and their driver who were kidnapped on August 10, 2012, were freed by the Syrian army six days later, according to the state news agency SANA....

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Syrian journalist kidnapped in Homs

August 15, 2012 4:00 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2012--Unidentified armed men on Monday kidnapped a correspondent for Al-Alam, an Iranian satellite broadcaster supportive of the Syrian government, the latest incident in a series of abductions and attacks against pro-government media in Syria, according to news reports....

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In Syria, wave of deadly attacks against journalists

August 14, 2012 4:47 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2012--A series of attacks against journalists in Syria over the past two weeks have included the killing of at least three journalists and the kidnapping of several others, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pro-government media have borne the brunt of the recent attacks....

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Two Iraqi journalists killed in Syria

July 18, 2012 3:44 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2012--Two Iraqi journalists living in Syria and covering the conflict in that country were killed on Saturday although news reports differed on crucial details. The Committee to Protect Journalists continues to investigate the circumstances of the deaths, which come amid reports of increasing violence toward Iraqis...

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Deadly attack launched on Syrian TV station

June 27, 2012 12:53 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2012--A number of employees for the pro-government Syrian television station Al-Ikhbariya were killed when the station was attacked by gunmen this morning, according to the official news agency Sana. Other employees were reported wounded or kidnapped, the agency said....

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Five citizen journalists killed over two days in Syria

June 8, 2012 2:50 PM ET

Cairo, June 8, 2012--Five citizen journalists have been killed in Syria while documenting unrest in Damascus and Homs, according to news reports and local journalists. All of the deaths occurred over a two-day period at the end of May....

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Syria detains journalists, releases others

May 14, 2012 5:49 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Syria's release of several journalists and press freedom activists over the weekend, but condemns the continued detention of at least nine journalists--and likely several more--including two journalists arrested without charge in the past month....

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Syrian forces harass Sky News; hackers attack Ferzat

May 1, 2012 4:05 PM ET

New York, May 1, 2012--Syrian security forces harassed a credentialed camera crew from the British broadcaster Sky News as the team was filming an impromptu demonstration in Damascus today, according to news reports. Authorities briefly confiscated a camera and detained two journalists, the reports said....

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Syrian regime continues its crackdown on journalists

April 27, 2012 5:33 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Syria's continued detention of at least 13 journalists and press freedom activists--and perhaps several more--and calls on authorities to release them immediately. In many instances, authorities have not disclosed the health, whereabouts, or charges filed against the detainees....

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A follow-up: Two killed in Syria

April 19, 2012 12:33 PM ET

After the publication of CPJ's March 27, 2012, news alert on the deaths of Naseem Intriri and Walid Bledi during a Syrian military attack near the Turkish border, a human rights defender and diplomatic sources raised questions about the journalistic credentials of the deceased....

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In Lebanon, cameraman killed by Syrian gunfire

April 9, 2012 2:22 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2012--Syrian security forces shot and killed a Lebanese cameraman today as he was working in the northern Lebanese town of Wadi Khaled near the Syrian border, according to the journalist's employer and news reports citing Lebanese officials. The cross-border death comes on the same day...

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Syria detains, reportedly tortures videographer

April 2, 2012 4:00 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2012--A prominent Syrian videographer who ran the media center in Baba Amr where two foreign journalists were killed in February has been detained since Wednesday, according to news reports. Ali Mahmoud Othman was initially held at a military intelligence unit in Aleppo and is believed to...

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Two independent journalists killed in Syria

March 27, 2012 4:25 PM ET

Editor's note: In a follow-up report published on April 19, 2012, CPJ found questions about the journalistic credentials of the deceased. New York, March 27, 2012--Syrian security forces shot and killed two freelance international journalists and wounded a third during an attack on Monday in the town of Darkoush near...

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Syrian journalist beaten, arrested in Damascus

March 20, 2012 1:56 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault and detention of Syrian journalist Rudy Othman by security forces and calls on authorities to release him immediately....

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Two Turkish journalists believed detained in Syria

March 15, 2012 3:35 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Syrian authorities responsible for the safety and well-being of Turkish journalists Adem Özköse and Hamit Coşkun, who are believed to be in government custody, and calls for their immediate release. The journalists were last heard from five days ago,...

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Relief greets evacuation, but concern over fallen

March 1, 2012 5:44 PM ET

New York, March, 1, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the news that two French journalists injured in Homs last week have reached safety in Lebanon. "We are relieved that Edith Bouvier and William Daniels are now safe but are concerned that the Syrian government's assault on Homs has made...

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British journalist evacuated from Syria

February 28, 2012 12:13 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2012--British photographer Paul Conroy, wounded last week during a mortar attack on the central city of Homs, was evacuated on Tuesday, according to his newspaper, The Sunday Times, and news reports. ...

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In Syria, fourth journalist killed in past week

February 27, 2012 3:32 PM ET

New York, February 27, 2012--A Syrian videographer who documented unrest in the besieged city of Homs was killed in a mortar attack on Friday, according to news reports. Anas al-Tarsha is the fourth media fatality in Syria in the past week. ...

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CPJ calls on Syrian authorities to halt violence

February 24, 2012 5:19 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2012--Syrian authorities must heed the call issued by more than 60 countries today to stop the ongoing shelling in Syria, and allow medical access and safe passage to the wounded and dead journalists trapped in Homs, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ supports calls for immediate cease-fire in Syria

February 24, 2012 11:32 AM ET

New York, February, 24, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists supports efforts by the international community to impose an immediate cease-fire in Syria to allow for the safe delivery of humanitarian aid and a cessation of hostilities. Two journalists injured in Wednesday's Homs attack require urgent medical attention and evacuation....

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Syria must allow evacuation of dead, wounded journalists

February 23, 2012 11:27 AM ET

New York, February 23, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists demands that Syrian authorities allow safe passage for the evacuation of four foreign journalists trapped in the besieged city of Homs, along with the bodies of Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik, two journalists killed in intense government shelling on Wednesday....

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Syria must allow aid, evacuation for wounded, dead

February 23, 2012 8:58 AM ET

New York, February 23, 2012--Syrian authorities must allow urgent medical aid to reach journalists wounded in the government shelling of Homs on Wednesday, and they must allow immediate evacuation of the dead and injured, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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CPJ condemns killings of 3 journalists in besieged Homs

February 22, 2012 2:05 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killings of three journalists who died today and Tuesday as Syrian forces continued intense shelling of the besieged city of Homs. The acclaimed international reporter Marie Colvin and the French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik were killed this morning when...

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CPJ condemns killings of Colvin, Ochlik in Syria

February 22, 2012 9:24 AM ET

New York, February 22, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killings in Syria of international journalists Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik, who died this morning during shelling of the besieged city of Homs....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Abolishing Censorship

February 21, 2012 11:37 PM ET

Even as trade and new systems of communication turn us into global citizens, the information we need to ensure accountability often stops at national borders. New platforms like social media are valuable tools, but the battle against censorship is hardly over. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Evolution in Journalist Security

February 21, 2012 11:34 PM ET

The danger of covering violent street protests has become a significant risk for journalists, alongside combat and targeted killings. Sexual assault, organized crime, and digital vulnerability are also hazards. The security industry is struggling to keep up. By Frank Smyth...

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Attacks on the Press: From Uprisings, Trends to Watch

February 21, 2012 11:20 PM ET

The Middle East's political shifts changed conditions for journalists dramatically. The emerging trends favor free expression, but are filled with ambiguity and depend on the political configurations to emerge after the revolutionary dust has settled. By Mohamed Abdel Dayem...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Journalists In Prison

February 21, 2012 4:41 PM ET

Iran is the world's worst jailer of the press. Detentions rise in the Middle East and North Africa....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Journalists Killed

February 21, 2012 4:37 PM ET

Murders decline, but fatalities rise during coverage of protests. Photographers and freelancers pay an especially high price. Pakistan is the world's most dangerous nation....

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Syria

February 21, 2012 12:10 AM ET

The regime enforced an effective media blackout in March, banning international journalists from reporting or entering the country and detaining local journalists who tried to cover protests seeking an end to Bashar al-Assad’s rule. In a widespread campaign to silence media coverage, the government detained and assaulted journalists, expelled...

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CPJ mourns the death of journalist Anthony Shadid

February 17, 2012 12:01 AM ET

New York, February 16, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by the death of New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, a towering figure in international crisis reporting. Shadid perished following an apparent asthma attack while on assignment in Syria....

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Syria arrests 14 in attempt to block news

February 16, 2012 1:42 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrests of 14 journalists, bloggers, and press freedom activists with the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). The group has played a key role in getting out information about daily developments in Syria...

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Syrian journalist killed in Homs

February 8, 2012 5:33 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of Syrian journalist Mazhar Tayyara, a stringer for Agence France-Presse and other international outlets, who was killed by government forces' fire in the city of Homs early Saturday morning....

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French reporter first foreign journalist killed in Syria

January 11, 2012 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2012--French TV journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed on Wednesday in the Syrian city of Homs, according to news reports. Jacquier is the first foreign journalist killed in Syria since the 10-month uprising began....

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Syrian state journalist, videographer killed

January 3, 2012 2:53 PM ET

New York, January 3, 2012--A Syrian state journalist and a videographer who documented unrest in Homs province were separately shot and killed in recent days, according to news accounts. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating the circumstances surrounding the two deaths....

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