The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) called for the release of at least 422 citizen journalists, the majority of whom are detained by the Assad regime. It expressed its deep concern over the fate of journalists still detained in Syria.
In a report issued on Sunday to mark the World Press Freedom Day, the Network said that 707 citizen journalists have been killed across Syria since March 2011, 78% of whom were killed by the Assad regime forces. The figure included nine foreign journalists and 52 who were killed under torture. At least 1,563 journalists were injured in the same period.
The monitoring group expressed its deep concern about the fate of 353 citizen journalists detained by the Assad regime amid fears of a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in view of the extremely dire, inhumane conditions of detention. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)