The Assad regime has killed three journalists across Syria in the month of May, including one under torture, a monitoring group said.
In a report published on Thursday, the Syrian Center for Press Freedoms (SCPF) said that it had documented no fewer than 17 violations against journalists and media activists in Syria in May, down from 40 violations documented in April.
According to the report, media activist Osama Habali was killed under torture in the Assad regime-run Sednaya prison northwest of Damascus. Habali was detained in 2012.
Media activist Alaa Karim, who used to work under the nom de guerre Mohammed Qabouni, was killed in shelling by regime forces on the district of Qaboun in northeastern Damascus.
Media activist Mohammed Adnan Habib was killed in shelling by regime forces on the Zellaqiyat checkpoint in northern rural Hama.
The monitoring group said that the Assad regime was responsible for 7 violations against journalists and media activists in May, while the ISIS extremist group committed 4 violations.
The report listed three violations in each of Damascus, Homs, and Hama, two in each of Rural Damascus and Daraa, and one in each of Aleppo, Idlib, and Hasaka.
The latest figures bring the total number of those who have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian revolution against the Assad regime in March 2011 to 407 journalists and media activists. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media + Agencies)