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Kurdish security forces detain reporter Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir in northern Syria
June 7, 2019
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
On June 4, 2019 Kurdish security forces in the northern Syrian city of al-Hasakah, known as Asayish, detained journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir, a correspondent for the Syrian state broadcaster Syria al-Ikhbaria, while he was travelling between the northeastern Kurdish-controlled cities of Qamishli and al-Hasakah, according to reports by his employer and other news outlets.Asayish forces have not disclosed his location or any charges against him, according to those reports.Al-Saghir was cover

Journalists injured, fired upon while covering clashes in northern Syria
June 3, 2019
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Since May 22, 2019, at least three journalists were injured in attacks by suspected pro-government forces in two separate incidents in the northwestern Syrian governorate of Hama, according to the France-based independent press freedom group Syrian Journalists' Association, the regional press freedom group SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, news reports, and Facebook posts and videos by the journalists.On May 22, suspected Syrian pro-government forces fired shells at a group of j

The European Union rewards three journalist winners of the 2019 edition of the Samir Kassir Award
May 31, 2019
 On 30 May 2019, the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon held for the 14th time the granting ceremony of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press at the Sursock Palace Gardens in Beirut. The Award is the annual press freedom flagship event in Lebanon and one of the most prestigious journalism awards in the MENA and Gulf regions. The annual ceremony was organised in association with the Samir Kassir Foundation in Lebanon, recognising the work of journalists from MENA and

The EU and the Samir Kassir Foundation defend Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press
May 6, 2019
Author: Antoine Ajoury
Source: EU Neighbours South
Since 2006, the “Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press”, funded by the European Union, rewards journalists from the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA Region) and the Gulf who, through their work, are devoting their lives to human rights and democracy despite the persecution and threats confronting them.From Beirut to Algiers, via Cairo, Baghdad or Damascus, journalists from the MENA and the Gulf regions have, since 2006, been rewarded for their struggle on behalf of freedom of exp