Syrian Actress May Skaf Released by Regime Forces
May 20, 2013
A prominent Syrian actress and activist who was detained by
regime forces earlier this week was released after several hours, a human
rights lawyer said on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
"The security forces released the actress May Skaf
around 10:30 pm on Thursday," Anwar al-Bunni told AFP.
Skaf was arrested on Thursday afternoon, on her
way home in Damascus, Bunni said.
"Skaf made a mobile phone call to her son, to tell him
her identity card had been taken from her by mem
UN approves common strategy on safety of journalists
May 17, 2013
The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue
of Impunity, led by UNESCO, was endorsed on 13 April 2012 by the UN Chief
Executives Board, the highest level coordination mechanism of the UN system.
The Plan of Action aims toward the creation of a free and safe environment for
journalists and media workers in both conflict and non-conflict situations,
with a view to strengthening peace, democracy and development worldwide. The
Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, told
Blogger and Journalist Habib Battah Assaulted in Beirut
May 15, 2013
Source: SKeyes - Beirut
Blogger and journalist Habib Battah was physically
assaulted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, while trying to take pictures at “District S”, a major construction site in downtown Beirut. Battah had received
reports that ancient ruins were being removed from this site. When he went to
the police station to press charges, “Forget it, (…) it’s your word against
theirs. You have no witnesses, maybe they will make something up about you,”
was the answer of the police officers.
For more d
German journalist Armin Wertz held in Syria
May 14, 2013
Source: Global Post
A German journalist is being held by Syrian forces in the
northern battlefield city of Aleppo, a Berlin newspaper reported onlineMonday,
citing his call for help via a mobile phone text message.
Armin Wertz, an Indonesia-based veteran reporter writing for
German and Asian media, had entered the conflict-torn country from neighbouring
Turkey in early May, said the Tagesspiegel daily, for which he works on a
In a first SMS sent on May 5, Wertz had told a friend and