180 violations against journalists and media practitioners in July
“Daesh“ executes two journalists in Iraq
SANAD warns against the kidnapping of foreign correspondents in Syria
Three journalists were killed last month (July), as the terrorist group so-called “Daesh” killed two journalists in Mosul after keeping them as hostages for some time, while the third was killed in Syria during the ongoing fire exchange between the Syrian regime forces and armed groups.
The killing of the three journalists raises the number of journalists who lost their lives since the beginning of the year to 36, and 217 since July 2012, according to “SANAD” statistics.
In Its monthly report about the status of media freedoms in the Arab world for July, SANAD, Defenders of Media Freedom in the Arab World Network expressed its concern about the kidnapping of journalists and correspondents, especially foreign journalists in Syria.
According to the report, three Spanish journalists have gone missing in Syria last month with no information yet about the reason behind their disappearance or if they were kidnapped by any group or even if they have lost their lives in the fighting.
In addition, a Japanese journalist went missing in June with no information of his whereabouts.
In its report, Sanad welcomed the release of Hussain Gharir and Hani Zeitai, two members of the “Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Speech” who were charged with promoting for terrorism and detained for three years.
The network also called for the immediate release of Mazen Darwish, president of the center and law activists without conditions or restrictions, in addition to identifying the place and circumstances of his detention.
Meanwhile, Sanad called for taking the needed measures to prevent recurrence of the “physical assaults”, “injuries” and “arbitrary arrest” that topped the violations list in many of the Arab countries.
The network also urged all regional and international organizations to show solidarity and take action to place pressure on governments and concerned parties to end all types of violations against journalists, especially physical assaults.
The July report also indicated that one-third of violations committed against journalists were physical violations while perpetrators go unpunished.
The report has also documented 180 violations in July 2015. Egypt topped the Arab countries in number of violations with 51 documented incidents, followed by Sudan with 27, and the Israeli occupation authorities came third with 18 violations.
As for Syria, the report documented 11 violations, while the Palestinian National Authority’s security apparatuses committed 13 violations. Morocco and Iraq witnessed 10 violations each, Yemen 9, Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Mauritanian each committed 7 violations.
The report also documented 5 violations in Saudi Arabia, 3 in Tunis and one violation in Jordan and Bahrain.
The report documented 33 different types of violations against journalists. Preventing them from coverage topped these violations and was repeated 28 times, followed by physical assaults (16 times), while 15 journalists were injured and the same number were arbitrarily detained.