The Syrian Center for Journalistic Freedoms of the Association of Syrian Journalists said that it had recorded no fewer than 34 violations against media workers in Syria in the first half of 2020. It said that it recorded the deaths of two media workers and the injury of eight others, 12 physical assaults, six cases of detention and kidnapping, and six other violations such as restricting of the work of media works.
In a report issued on Sunday, the Center said that the Assad regime and Russia are responsible for the majority of the gravest violations against media workers in Syria.
The report indicated that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) militant group came first in terms of the number of violation in the first half of the year with 15 violations out of a total of 34 violations, all of which were committed in Idlib province.
The report also indicated that Russia is responsible for six violations, the regime for three, the PYD militia for four, and unidentified groups for six other violations.
According to the report, 27 violations took place in Idlib province, three in Al-Hasakeh, two in Aleppo, and one in each of Deir Ezzor and Damascus. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)