7 violations against media in Syria documented in last May

In May 2018: 
7 violations including killing a media professional

The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedoms of Syrian Journalists Association SJA documented 7 violations against media in May 2018 in Syria. 6 out of 7 violations occurred in May while one violation occurred in last March but the center documented it after verifying according to the criteria of documentation. 
Hence, the curve of violations documented in May is similar to that in April when 6 violations were documented. 
The second quarter of 2018 has witnessed a noticeable decrease in the number of violations comparing to that in the first quarter of the year 2018 (January: 10 violations, February: 11 violations, March: 14 violations)
            
Despite the stop of military operations in most regions of the country but May witnessed a change in the type of violations comparing to that in April when no cases of killing or injuring were documented. Armed opposition’s factions and security chaos are the main reasons for violations against media documented in May 2018. 

For the second month in row, the armed Syrian opposition tops those responsible for violations by committing 3 violations. 
Opposition’s general security forces in Aleppo’s Azaz committed 2 violations while Fatih Sultan Mehmet brigade committed one violation. 
The Turkish police Jandarma and Lebanese security forces committed a violation each while 2 other violations were committed by unidentified parties.  

The Center documented the killing of one media professional and the injury of another one. 
Media activist Ibrahim Abdulrazaq al-Manjar was assassinated by unidentified armed group that shot him directly in front of his home in Daraa. 
So, the number of killed media professionals documented by the Center has risen to 431 since 2011. 
  
The violations documented have not been limited to killing cases but also included injury of media professionals, arrest and detaining, hitting and denial of media coverage. 
Media activist Badr Talib was injured by Turkish police jandarma while dispersing a protesting by people in Aleppo’s al-Bab. 
Meanwhile, Lebanese security forces arrested Zaman al-Wasl correspondent Abdulhafiz al-Hawlani from the camp of Lebanese Arsal town. 
Media activist Wael Adel and photographer Omar Hafiz were subjected to hitting, cursing and denial of media work by members of general security in Aleppo’s Azaz. 
Media activist Anas Abu Adnan also was subjected to denial of media coverage by unidentified armed group while he was documenting humanitarian situation of forcibly displaced from Homs. 

In addition, the Center documented in May the arrest of media activist Ahmad Shafie Bilal on March 28, 2018 by Fatih Mehmet Sultan brigade in Aleppo’s Afrin under the pretext of media work against the brigade. He was released on May 10, 2018. 

As for geographical distribution, violations occurred mainly in Aleppo as it witnessed 4 violations while provinces Homs and Daraa witnessed one violation each. 
One violation was committed in Lebanon to be the first violation against Syrian media professional documented out of Syria. 

Finally, The Center documented in previous month the release of media activist Ahmad al-Akhras on Saturday, April 28, 2018 after one month of his arrest by Hayet Tahrir al-Sham HTS in Idlib.

Syrian Journalists Association 
4/6/2018

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