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Ruqia Hassan: ISIS executes first female citizen journalist in Raqqa
January 6, 2016
Author: Kate Ng
Source: The Independent
ISIS has executed what is believed to be the first female citizen journalist for reporting inside its territory, Syrian media has reported.The execution of Ruqia Hassan marks the fifth journalist who reported on Isis to be killed since October, according to Syrian journalism organisation Syria Direct.Ms Hassan, who also went by the pseudonym Nisan Ibrahim on social media, was a independent reporter. Her death was confirmed by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group exposing human rig

Two Polish journalists freed by Islamists in Syria
January 4, 2016
Source: Radio Poland
Journalist Marcin Mamoń and cameraman Tomasz Głowacki who were abducted by Al-Qaeda forces in Syria have returned to Poland on Sunday, December 27, 2015 after six weeks in custody.The two travelled to Syria in mid-November. Their colleagues lost contact with Mamoń and Głowacki after the two crossed the Turkish-Syrian border. They were most likely kidnapped by militants of one of the factions of Al-Qaeda. Information about the abduction had not been made public earlier because of their safety

Syrian journalist Naji Jerf shot dead in Gaziantep, Turkey
December 28, 2015
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah and the maker of documentary films on the militant group Islamic State, was shot and killed in broad daylight on Sunday, December 27, 2015 by unknown assailants with a silenced pistol in front of a building that houses Syrian opposition news outlets in downtown Gaziantep, Turkey, near the Syrian border, according to news reports.Turkish authorities said they have opened an investigation. The killing comes after Islamic State claimed re

RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwide
December 17, 2015
Source: Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published on December 15, 2015, its annual worldwide round-up of journalists held hostage, imprisoned or missing.According to RSF’s tally, 54 professional journalists – including one woman – are currently held hostage worldwide, a 35% increase on last year. It is no surprise that Syria is the country where non-state groups are holding the biggest number of journalists – 26. Islamic State alone is holding 18, mainly in Syria and Iraq.“A full-blown hostage

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