July 2020: Three New Violations Documented
The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedom (SCJF) in the Syrian Journalists Association (SJA) documented three violations against media in Syria last July. The number of violations is identical to what SCJF documented last March and less than last June.
The restrictions on media freedoms in July were a direct reason for documented violations against media in Syria. It was also one of the most prominent causes of documented violations during the past months of this year, especially with the decrease of battles and shelling.
Members of the Sham Corps of the National Army, detained two media activists, Hassan al-Mukhtar and Ibrahim al-Darwish, for hours, while they were reporting news at the Deir Ballut crossing in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Moreover, the Syrian regime authorities arrested the journalist Waddah Muhyiddin late last July in Aleppo, without explaining the reasons for that arrest. His fate remains unknown until the date of the publication of this report.
It is worth noting that recording the first infection with COVID-19 in northwestern Syria, and increasing the reported infections to 30 ones, led to the intensification of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus, which had a direct impact on the work of media professionals and the limitation of media activity in the region.