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November 10, 2014

Verdict postponed again in trial of 2012 RWB Prize winner Mazen Darwish

As the 2014 Reporters Without Borders - TV5Monde Prize for Press Freedom was being presented at a ceremony in Strasbourg last week, a Damascus court again postponed its verdict in the case of the Syrian jailed journalist and activist Mazen Darwish , the recipient of the 2012 award. Reporters Without Borders deplored the umpteenth adjournment by the court, which had been due to give its verdict on November 5 in the trial of Darwish and two of his colleagues. The trial of Darwish, the head of the... MORE
October 31, 2014

Islamic State uses British hostage for shameful fake TV report

Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage at the latest video of John Cantlie ­– a British journalist held hostage since November 2012 – that Islamic State released online on October 27. It shows him doing a “report” from the Syrian town of Kobani, giving the Jihadi group’s take on the state of its battle with Kurdish fighters supported by the US-led international coalition. John Cantlie is seen near Syria’s border with Turkey having to act as if he is a TV journalist delivering a news... MORE
September 20, 2014

IFJ joins international condemnation of latest IS video

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined international condemnation of the latest video released by the so-called IS group in which British photo-journalist, John Cantlie , delivered a scripted message under duress while aware that his life hanged in the balance. John Cantlie is a British war photographer and correspondent who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. “It is clear that this video, in which John Cantlie has been forced to deliver a message from ISIS knowing... MORE
September 4, 2014

Islamists behead second American journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI) Wednesday expressed outrage at the beheading of freelance American journalist Steven Sotloff by a militant affiliated with the Islamic State. “There are no words to truly express the shock, sadness and outrage we feel over the reports of the brutal murder of Mr. Sotloff,” IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said. “Our prayers go out to his family. “IPI will continue to fight for and promote the safety of journalists as they strive to cover... MORE
September 4, 2014

IFJ dismayed by barbaric murder of second US journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has appealed for international action to improve protection of journalists covering events in Iraq and Syria following the brutal beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff . Following the execution of James Foley on August 19, the Jihadi group “The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)” yesterday posted video footage online showing Sotloff’s barbaric execution. “We join international condemnation of this cowardly act and we send our... MORE
September 4, 2014

Barbaric murder of journalists demand international action

Tuesday evening came the tragedy that another American journalist, Steven Sotloff , had allegedly been executed by the Islamic State (IS). Following the horrific murder of Mr. Sotloff, Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, the President of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has made an immediate appeal for an international investigation into the murder of the two journalists and demanded to bring the killers to justice. Two weeks ago it was the American journalist James Foley who, after a long... MORE
August 27, 2014

IFJ welcomes release of US journalist Theo Curtis in Syria

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today joined its affiliates in the US in welcoming the release of Theo Curtis , the American journalist who was released on Sunday 24 August in Syria, while voicing concern for the safety of many others still being held, including up to twenty in Syria alone. The IFJ affiliate in Washington, the NewsGuild –CWA, said journalists are increasingly being targeted for abductions by groups seeking to advance their political agenda. “We remain... MORE
August 21, 2014

James Foley's killers pose many threats to local, international journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned for all journalists, most of them Syrians, still held captive by the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State, which has repeatedly kidnapped, killed, and threatened journalists in the territories over which it holds sway. President Barack Obama confirmed today that the group is responsible for the barbaric murder of US freelance journalist James Foley . "Local and foreign journalists already knew that Syria was the world's most dangerous... MORE
August 21, 2014

IFJ condemns brutal murder of American journalist James Foley in Syria

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its deep shock following the appalling beheading of US journalist James Foley , who went missing in Syria in 2012. The killing has been claimed by the Jihadi group “The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS)” in video footage posted online that shows the barbaric murder. A masked man is seen conducting the execution after a speech on retaliation to US airstrikes against the jihadi group in Syria. "This horrifying and cowardly... MORE
August 21, 2014

IPI condemns Islamists’ murder of American journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI) has condemned the apparent murder of freelance American photojournalist James Foley by militants seeking to carve out an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. A video posted online Tuesday purported to depict an extremist from the Islamic State beheading Foley, who disappeared in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the ongoing conflict in the country for the news website GlobalPost. In the video, Foley, apparently speaking under duress, said his... MORE