Thursday, 05 September 2019 19:52

Monitor: Assad Regime & Allies Shelling to Blame for Violations against Media Workers in August

The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedoms of the Association of Syrian Journalists said that the ruthless bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russian forces against Idlib and Hama is one of the main reasons for violations against journalists in August.

In a report issued on Thursday, the Center said that restrictions against media freedoms continued in various regions of Syria.

According to the report, the majority of violations took place in Idlib province where three violations were committed. One violation was recorded in each of Aleppo and Dara’a provinces.

The report indicated that media activist Mahmoud al-Hamwi was injured in airstrikes by the Assad regime in southern rural Idlib in August, while two others were detained by HTS.

In a report issued earlier this month on violations against journalists in August, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that journalist Samer Salloum from the town of Kafranbel in rural Idlib province died while in the custody of HTS.

The Center called for respecting freedom of the press; ensuring the safety of media workers; and holding those responsible for violations to account. It also called for respecting article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stresses that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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