In July 2019: two media professionals killed and 3 arrested
Although they vary from one month to another in the type and number, the violations against media in Syria have been ongoing since the beginning of the current year. The main reason for the violations in July is the systematic bombarding on Idlib and Hama, ongoing for more than 3 months, carried out by the Syrian regime and Russia. Also, restricting media freedoms in regime-held areas and some areas in northern Syria forms another reason for violations.
In July 2019, the SCJF documented 5 violations against media in Syria. Hence, July witnessed the same number of violations documented in last June.
Committing 3 violations against media in Syria, the Syrian regime topped those responsible for violations. And Russia committed one violation by killing one media professional while HTS detained one media professional in Idlib.
In July 2019, the SCJF documented the killing of two media professionals. AlaaNaief al-Khidr al-Khaldi, aka Wesam al-Dimashki, was killed under torture in the regime’s prisons after an arrest lasted more than 2 years. Also, AnasAbdulmajeed al-Diyab was killed by the Russian air raids on the city of Khan Shiekhon in Idlib southern countryside. Hence, the number of killed media professionals documented by the SCJF since 2011 has risen to 452, including 33 killed under torture in the regime’s prisons.
The SCJF also documented in July the arrest of media professional Rabia Kala Wandy and photographer George Orfelian by the regime’s security forces in Aleppo city without mentioning reasons of the arrest. The fate of both Rabia and George remains unknown at the time of preparing this report.
Furthermore, the SCJF documented the arrest of media professional, and member of the SJA, Jouma Ali al-Haj Hamdo, aka Jouma al-Ali. HTS arrested Jouma in Aleppo western countryside and released him one week after his arrest.
As for geographical distribution, violations focused in Aleppo province that witnessed three violations while Damascus and Idlib provinces witnessed one violation each.