Three-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising
New York, March 13, 2014--Syria ranks as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Since the start of the bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, at least 65 journalists have been killed, more than 80 have been abducted, and approximately 30 are still missing. According to CPJ's most recent prison census, 12 journalists remain behind bars.
CPJ experts are available in New York for interviews in Arabic and English in the lead-up to and on the day of the anniversary.
Economists and political scientists acknowledge that journalism is vital to development and democracy. By Robert Mahoney
They call themselves citizen journalists, media workers, or media activists. Amid the chaos of conflict, they are determined to gather and distribute the news. By María Salazar-Ferro
For the second year in a row, CPJ ranked Syria the deadliest country in the world for journalists. Journalists also faced new threats in 2013 as radical Islamist groups strengthened their influence in rebel-held territory and rebel groups saw increased infighting. An unprecedented number of journalists were abducted during the year; many of them were believed to be held by the Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham. But the blame did not fall solely with extremist groups. Armed factions affiliated with both the regime and the rebels were implicated in anti-press violations including detention and killing. Throughout the year, as the groups succeeded in silencing dissenting voices with complete impunity, fewer journalists were willing to take on the risks of reporting from Syria. Many international journalists refused to enter the country, and local journalists fled into exile, fearing for their lives.
New York, January 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the news that three abducted journalists in Syria have been freed this week. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed today that freelance Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarstrom, both of whom were abducted in November, were released. On Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Turkish intelligence services had helped secure the release of Milliyet photojournalist Bünyamin Aygün, who had been held for more than a month.
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