For the third year in a row, Syria continues to rank as the deadliest country in the world for the press, as indicted by the NY based, Committee to Protect Journalists. I joined the CPJ in April 2014 as the Middle East North Africa intern and conducted press freedom research across the MENA region. With a heavy focus on Syria, I researched and interviewed countless family members, friends, news outlets and organizations of those fallen to determine and record the following numbers under CPJ’s mandate. Below is the link to the final summary of the report written by my colleague and researcher Jason stern, followed by examples of the particular cases I fully investigated, written and published at my time with CPJ.
In Syria, fewer journalist deaths but danger has never been greater by Jason Stern
AUTHOR’S NOTE: CPJ strives to independently verify every case of journalists killed in Syria and elsewhere. We are able to do this thanks to the help of the MENA interns who in 2014 included Rowaida Abdelaziz and Lori Baitarian.
Examples of my work:
Al-Moutaz Bellah Ibrahim, Sham News Network
May 4, 2014 in Raqqa Syria
Mouaz Alomar, Freelance
April 25, 2014 in Kafr Zita, Hama Province Syria
Mohammed al-Qasim, Rozana Radio
September 10 2014 in Idlib province, Syria
Other works on social media:
International criticism of sentencing for CPJ