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Syrian journalist Zaher al-Shurqat killed in Turkey
April 13, 2016
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
Syrian journalist Zaher al-Shurqat died on April 12, 2016, after being shot Sunday [April 9] in the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep, according to news reports. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, making this the fourth Syrian journalist it claims to have targeted for murder in Turkey in six months.A masked man on Sunday approached the 36-year-old journalist on a street in Gaziantep, near Turkey's Syrian border, shot him in the head, and fled the scene, according to press reports.

Mission Journal: Rise in journalist arrests tarnishes Jordan's image as reformist
March 23, 2016
Author: Jason Stern
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists
The phone call came just as our conversation about the escalating crackdown on Jordanian media hit its stride. Lina Ejeilat, the co-founder of the news website 7iber (pronounced hebber), apologized and said she had to take the call. It was 7iber's lawyer and it was important. For years the website had fought against a requirement that all Jordanian news websites register with the government. I watched as Ejeilat learned the fight was finally over. 7iber would have to pay a 1,000 Jordanian dinar

Hostage video of missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda raises fears of ransom
March 17, 2016
Source: Japan Times
An apparent hostage video emerged Thursday showing missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, sparking speculation of behind-the-scenes contact between his kidnappers and the government.But Tokyo was quick to say it is unaware of any ransom demand having been made.An apparent hostage video emerged Thursday showing missing Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, sparking speculation of behind-the-scenes contact between his kidnappers and the government.But Tokyo was quick to say it is unaware of any r

Renewed calls for Bassel Khartabil’s release on fourth anniversary of detention
March 17, 2016
Syria’s authorities should reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and free speech activist, and release him immediately, 30 organizations said on the fourth anniversary of his detention On 15 March 2012, Military Intelligence arrested Khartabil and held him in incommunicado detention for eight months before moving him to ‘Adra prison in Damascus in December 2012. During this time he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment. He remained in ‘Adra until 03 Oct

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