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RSF report on Syrian journalists

Wednesday 22 June 2016, by SIGNIS

Paris, June, 22nd 2016 (RSF). Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published a report about the situation of Syrian journalists who have been forced to flee their country since the start of the Syrian Uprising in March 2011, to mark World Refugee Day (June, 20).

In Syria, all journalists “run the risk of violence and reprisals”. “The violence, started by the government crackdown, can now come from any quarter: from government forces, from armed “opposition” groups and from radical Islamist militias such as the Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State”, says RSF.

RSF reports that “at least 51 professional journalists and 144 non-professional journalists have been killed since the start of the conflict in 2011, while around 50 are currently missing or detained arbitrarily in the regime’s many jails or held hostage by Islamic state or other radical armed groups.”

More over, hundreds of Syrian journalists have fled the country because they were exposed to both targeted persecution and the conflict’s extreme violence. Most of them are still facing difficulties and fear for their safety in their asylum countries.

“Based in large part on the accounts of many of the Syrian journalists who have fled abroad, this report examines the difficulties they face in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, the countries to which most of them flee.” The report analyses “the difficulties that they encounter in getting into these countries, the legal restrictions on their rights of residence and movement, the bureaucratic obstacles limiting their ability to work as journalists and the threats and security concerns with which they must live, the report describes how they fight to resume their journalistic activities in exile.”

You can download it here.

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