As the de-escalation-zone agreement, brokered by Turkey and Russia in Sept. 2018, collapsed and the systematic shelling —by the Syrian regime pursuing a scorched-earth policy on Idlib, Hama countryside backed by Russia and allied militias —intensified, the violations against media have escalated in Syria in May 2019. The SCJF documented 9 violations against media in Syria. 8 violations occurred in May while one violation occurred in Feb. 2019 but documented after being verified according to crit...
About the Center
The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedoms is an administrative organization affiliated with the Syrian Journalists Association, aiming to defend journalistic freedoms in Syria. It works on documenting violations against media professionals and -centers, including those that occur against Syrian media professionals outside Syria. Hence, covering reports are issued, in addition to issuing press releases on various occasions.
SCJF was established on June 1st, 2014, with the... Read More
SCJF Mechanisms in documenting violation
1. Monitoring and follow-up:
The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedoms' researchers follow up with news on violations against media professionals in Syria and post it on the Center's closed Facebook page, in order to receive more details about it and follow up on developments. The work team receives news of violations from Syrian Journalists Association members and volunteers on the SCJF page, from media professionals inside Syria, in addition t... Read More
SCJF standards in documenting violations
1. Media Victims:
SCJF documents violations against media professionals in Syria, regardless of their nationality, gender, race, sect, the entity they work for/with, or their perpetrators. Additionally, it documents attacks on Syrian media professionals out of the country. The same applies to violations faced by offices, centers and media institutions. However, the Center does not publish violation news if the victim or their relatives request it.
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I - Documenting violations
The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedoms communicates with media professionals and various media outlets to obtain news of violations against media professionals and –centers. The center afterwards conducts investigations to verify such violations.
II - Reports and Statements:
1. Issuing monthly reports, including all violations against media professionals and -centers, documented throughout one month. Each monthly report is issued at the beginning of the... Read More