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Supporting journalists at risk: Syrian reporter Zakwan Hadid

In its new series, "Supporting journalists at risk," CPJ profiles journalists who have been in dire situations as a result of persecution for their work. CPJ's Journalist Assistance program has helped these journalists, and hundreds of others, through a combination of financial and non-financial assistance.

In this edition, CPJ looks at Zakwan Hadid, a 29-year-old Syrian journalist from Idlib, who fled to Turkey after receiving death threats from militants and opposition groups in connection with his reporting. Today, Hadid works at a radio station in Istanbul.

Blog   |   Security, Syria

In Syria, fewer journalist deaths but danger has never been greater

A vigil for victims of the Syrian conflict is held in Rome as the civil war enters its third year. Since 2011, 79 journalists have been killed while covering the war. (AFP/Tiziana Fabi)

For the third year in a row, Syria ranks as the deadliest country in the world for the press, research by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows. At first glance, the research offers good news: less journalists were killed, imprisoned and kidnapped this year in Syria than in 2013. A deeper look at the numbers and how we arrived at them however, show Syria has never been more dangerous for journalists.

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The Road to Justice

Appendix I

At least 370 journalists have been murdered in direct connection to their work from the beginning of 2004 through 2013, according to CPJ research. In 333 of the cases, no one has been convicted. In 28 cases, some suspects have been sentenced, or killed in the course of apprehension, but others believed to be connected to or to have ordered the crime remain free. Nine cases have reached complete justice, meaning all of the perpetrators, including the crime’s mastermind, have been convicted. CPJ maintains detailed records on journalists killings from 1992 to the present. For additional information, please visit

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET



Al-Moutaz Bellah Ibrahim

Ibrahim, a correspondent for the independent Shaam News Network and a freelance reporter, was killed in Tel Abyad, a Syrian town north of the city of Raqqa, on May 4, according to Shaam and the Beirut-based SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom. Ibrahim was kidnapped by the Islamic State militant group (then called Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) in March, two months before his death, according to news reports and local press groups. His family received his body on May 7, 2014.

A loose coalition of rebel forces captured almost the entire city of Raqqa in March 2013, according to news reports. Since then, Islamic State pushed out other rebel groups and began exerting increased control over the city. By the time of Ibrahim's killing, Raqqa had become the group's de facto headquarters for the vast terrain it controlled.

Ibrahim had reported widely on the presence of Islamist militants in Raqqa in the months before he was kidnapped. His reports included coverage of Islamist militant groups who he said had imposed taxes on Christians and who he said had prevented aid from being delivered to the city.

As part of his work for Shaam News Network, Ibrahim also appeared on the opposition-based TV channels Syria al-Hur and Syria al-Ghad. He also worked for an online campaign called "Raqqa is being slaughtered silently," which posts news and photos of events in Raqqa and has criticized the harsh rule imposed by the Islamic State.

Abu Ibrahim Ar-Raqqawi, a Raqqa citizen who runs the campaign, told the Wall Street Journal that Ibrahim was killed because Islamic State militants caught him with material belonging to the campaign.

Ar-Raqqawi told CPJ that he and Ibrahim would meet in secret repeatedly to share news and information for the campaign because Islamic State had placed media restrictions on journalists covering Raqqa.

Islamic State has imposed restrictions on independent voices and journalists, according to CPJ research. Since the group came to power, it has kidnapped many journalists and raided numerous media centers. Islamic State has also ordered journalists and media workers to pledge allegiance to the group, according to the Syrian Journalists Association. As a result, journalists have fled territories controlled by the group, submitted to self-censorship, or continued their work anonymously at great risk.

May 4, 2014 4:02 PM ET

Américas, Brasil, Colombia, Europa/Ásia Central, México, Oriente Médio / Norte da África, Relatórios, África, Ásia

Crimes sem Castigo

O ĺndice global de Impunidade 2014 do CPJ destaca os países onde os jornalistas são mortos e os assassinos ficam livres

Jornalistas protestam no aniversário de um ano da morte da jornalista Regina Martínez Pérez. Ataques contra a imprensa são tão comuns que as autoridades mexicanas aprovaram uma lei autorizando as autoridades federais a processarem os crimes contra jornalistas. (AP/Felix Marquez)
abril 16, 2014 12:01 AM ET

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Afrique, Asie, Europe & Asie centrale, Les Amériques, Moyen-Orient/Afrique du Nord, Nigeria, Rapports, Somalie

Meurtres de journalistes restés impunis

L'Indice d'impunité du CPJ en 2014 : un rapport qui met en lumière les pays dans lesquels les assassins de journalistes échappent à la justice.

En Somalie, La presse est confrontée à des risques croissants. Sur la photo, les journalistes patientent devant le palais présidentiel. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)
16 avril 2014 0h01 ET

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Américas, Brasil, Colombia, Europa y Asia central, Informes, México, Oriente Medio y África del Norte, África

Eludir los asesinatos

El Índice Global de Impunidad 2014 del CPJ se enfoca en países donde los periodistas son asesinados y los responsables quedan libres

Periodistas protestan en el primer aniversario del asesinato de la periodista Regina Martínez Pérez. Los ataques contra la prensa son tan comunes que las autoridades mexicanas aprobaron una ley que dio mayor jurisdicción a las autoridades federales para enjuiciar crímenes contra periodistas. (AP / Felix Marquez)
16 de Abril 2014 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free


Unsolved Murders: 100

Population: 32.6 million

Rank: 1


Unsolved Murders: 26

Population: 10.2 million

Rank: 2

The Philippines

Unsolved Murders: 51

Population: 96.7 million

Rank: 3

Sri Lanka

Unsolved Murders: 9

Population: 20.3 million

Rank: 4


Unsolved Murders: 7

Population: 22.4 million

Rank: 5


Unsolved Murders: 5

Population: 29.8 million

Rank: 6


Unsolved Murders: 16

Population: 120.8 million

Rank: 7


Unsolved Murders: 6

Population: 47.7 million

Rank: 8


Unsolved Murders: 22

Population: 179.2 million

Rank: 9


Unsolved Murders: 14

Population: 143.5 million

Rank: 10


Unsolved Murders: 9

Population: 198.7 million

Rank: 11


Unsolved Murders: 5

Population: 168.8 million

Rank: 12


Unsolved Murders: 7

Population: 1,237 million

Rank: 13

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