The Association of Syrian Journalists has reported four disturbing violations against media workers during the month of September 2023, citing systematic bombings and ongoing restrictions on media freedoms as direct contributors to these incidents.
In the past month, the Association documented the injury of journalist Hussein Al-Zarai during artillery shelling carried out by Assad regime forces and the PYD terrorist militia. This incident occurred while Al-Zarai was covering clashes on the outskirts of the town of Manbij, located in the eastern region of Aleppo. Additionally, journalist Muhammad Al-Daher sustained injuries while covering a regime forces bombing, which targeted a camp for displaced persons situated in southern rural Idlib.
The Association further disclosed that the Assad regime’s security agencies had arrested journalist Ali Daoud in the city of Jableh within the Latakia province. Furthermore, journalist Ibrahim Al-Hussein was subjected to threats of arrest by the PYD militia in response to his dedicated media activities.
Geographically, the violations in September 2023 were reported across various provinces, including Idlib, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, and Latakia, with one violation occurring in each province. Regime forces were held responsible for two of these violations, while the PYD militia was attributed to one violation. However, the responsible party for the fourth violation was not specified.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)