Syria / 2013

Turkish journalist abducted in Syria

December 19, 2013 4:37 PM ET

Istanbul, December 19, 2013--A Turkish journalist is the latest reporter to be abducted in Syria, where approximately 30 journalists are missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Bünyamin Aygün, a photojournalist for the daily Milliyet, was abducted in November, but the case was not made public before this week....

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Lebanon should overturn conviction of journalist

December 12, 2013 11:27 AM ET

New York, December 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Lebanese Court of Cassation to overturn the conviction of Rami Aysha, a Lebanese-Palestinian freelance journalist charged with purchasing firearms while he was investigating arms trafficking from Lebanon to Syria....

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Two Spanish journalists abducted in Syria

December 10, 2013 9:06 AM ET

New York, December 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of two Spanish journalists who were abducted in Syria almost three months ago. Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova have been held captive by the Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) since...

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Number of journalist kidnappings in Syria unprecedented

November 26, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2013--The Swedish government confirmed two Swedish journalists were kidnapped in Syria on Saturday by an unknown group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed its alarm at the unprecedented number of abductions....

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Sky News Arabic's journalists latest to go missing in Syria

October 17, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today reiterated that journalists in Syria face unprecedented risks, after Sky News Arabic reported that it had lost contact this week with its crew operating near Aleppo. ...

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France confirms two journalists missing in Syria

October 9, 2013 11:59 AM ET

New York, October 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the abduction of two French journalists in Syria and calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting the press. Nicolas Hénin, who regularly reports for French news magazine Le Point and Franco-German TV channel Arte, and Pierre Torres,...

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Spanish journalist missing in Syria

September 24, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, September 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas in Syria. The special correspondent for the Barcelona-based El Periódico was kidnapped by rebel jihadi fighters on September 4 near the city of Hama, the paper reported Monday, citing unnamed sources....

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News outlets, Twitter targeted in alleged cyberattacks

August 28, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by cyber-attacks on several websites on Tuesday, including The New York Times, whose site was disabled for several hours. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers who support President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, took credit for the...

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Polish journalist abducted in Syria

July 25, 2013 3:58 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--A Polish freelance journalist was believed to have been abducted in northwest Syria on Wednesday, according to news reports citing local activists....

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Two French journalists reported missing in Syria

June 7, 2013 3:27 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2013--Two French journalists covering the Syrian conflict have been reported missing by their employer, according to news reports. The news comes amid reports that two other international journalists missing in Syria since April are alive....

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Syrian correspondent killed by sniper fire

May 28, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--A Syrian correspondent working for the pro-government TV channel Al-Ikhbariya died Monday after her crew's vehicle came under sniper fire, according to official Syrian news sources....

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German freelance journalist reportedly in Syrian custody

May 13, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--Syrian authorities must immediately release and ensure the well-being of a German freelance journalist who has reportedly been detained for more than a week, according to the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel....

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European outlets report journalists missing in Syria

April 30, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the well-being of two European journalists who went missing in western Syria three weeks ago. News reports identified the journalists as Domenico Quirico, a veteran reporter for the Italian daily La Stampa, and Pierre Piccinin da Prata,...

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Abducted Italian journalists reported freed in Syria

April 15, 2013 3:53 PM ET

The Italian Foreign Minister announced in a statement on April 13, 2013, that four Italian journalists abducted in northern Syria on April 4, 2013, had been released. News accounts reported that the journalists were believed to have been held for more than a week by the rebel group, Jabhat Al-Nusra,...

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Sky News Arabic crew attacked in Syria

April 10, 2013 5:31 PM ET

Syrian security forces assaulted and briefly detained a Sky News Arabic crew on Monday, April 8, 2013, according to correspondent Khalil al-Hamlu. In a live broadcast, al-Hamlu said his crew was reporting on a car bomb in central Damascus when Syrian security forces confronted the group. The crew were beaten...

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CPJ condemns effort to silence news coverage of Syria

April 4, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2013--A Kuwait-based Syrian businessman has announced a monetary reward for any individuals who capture and turn over to security forces journalists affiliated with the pan-Arab channels Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called the announcement a deplorable effort to silence...

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German journalist shot in Syria, evacuated to Turkey

April 1, 2013 1:36 PM ET

Jörg Armbruster, a correspondent for the German public broadcaster ARD, was seriously injured by gunfire during a military clash in Aleppo on March 29, 2013, according to news reports.  After emergency surgery inside Syria on the same day, Armbruster was transferred by ambulance to Turkey, where he was treated by...

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Kidnapped Ukrainian journalist reported free in Syria

March 11, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2013--A Ukrainian journalist reportedly held by rebel forces in Syria since October is free, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and news reports citing the journalist's relatives. Most news reports characterized Anhar Kochneva as having fled her captors, but few details were reported about the circumstances....

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CPJ welcomes release of journalist in Syria

March 5, 2013 12:04 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of freelance journalist Billy Six, held by Syrian authorities for two and a half months. Syrian authorities handed Six over to Russian diplomats today who helped him leave the country. "We are relieved that Billy Six has been...

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French photographer killed in Syria's Idlib province

February 25, 2013 3:18 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--A French freelance photographer died in a Turkish hospital on Sunday from shrapnel wounds he received while covering the unrest in Syria's Idlib province three days earlier, according to news reports. Olivier Voisin, 38, had contributed work to several local and international publications, including Le...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)...

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Attacks on the Press: On Syria's Front Lines, Dangers from All Sides

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

A hard slog with low-life smugglers is a small price for avoiding Syrian forces. By Paul Wood...

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Running Toward Danger, Syria's Citizens Become Journalists

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

In a country filled with paranoia and fear, citizens learn to be reporters. By Oliver Holmes...

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Attacks on the Press: A Moving Target

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Syria

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Conditions for the press deteriorated severely since Syria's uprising began in 2011. The Syrian government continued its media blackout by barring entry to most international journalists and controlling local news coverage. Foreign journalists resorted to smuggling themselves into the country, most across the borders with Turkey and Lebanon, to report...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Kenya

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

In the run-up to the March 2013 elections, tensions ran high among local journalists, who feared a repeat of the violent aftermath of the disputed 2007 vote in which the press was targeted and harassed in connection with news coverage. Several journalists were threatened or attacked throughout 2012 in reprisal...

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Attacks on the Press: Prison Census 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Worldwide tally reaches highest point since CPJ began surveys in 1990. Governments use charges of terrorism, other anti-state offenses to silence critical voices. Turkey is the world's worst jailer. A CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press: Killed in 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips...

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In Syria, Al-Jazeera reporter killed in Daraa

January 18, 2013 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2013--An Al-Jazeera reporter was killed by a sniper in the city of Daraa today, the station reported, the second journalist fatality in Syria in as many days....

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Military correspondent Yves Debay killed in Aleppo

January 18, 2013 2:18 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2013--An international journalist was killed by a sniper while covering fighting in Aleppo in Syria on Thursday, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting journalists and allow them to report...

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Family of seized U.S. reporter seeks his release in Syria

January 2, 2013 2:36 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The family of U.S. freelance journalist James Foley today publicized the reporter's abduction in Syria on November 22. The family, which had previously asked that the kidnapping not be disclosed, launched a public campaign to seek his release. ...

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