News Related documents Two freelance journalists killed at Syrian-Turkish border – Arabic versionPDF – 198.61 KB March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two freelance journalists killed at Syrian-Turkish border RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the killing of two freelance journalists who were shot dead after an attack by Syrian forces on a group of about 50 people trying to entire Syria at Darkush on the border with Turkey three days ago. Immediately after the offensive, the two journalists, aged between 28 and 32, were reported to have returned to the scene to collect their equipment. A Syrian army vehicle opened fire on them, killing both.We deplore this deliberate double murder. One of the pair, Walid Blidi, was a British national of Algerian origin. The nationality of his colleague, Nassim Terreri, has yet to be established. A third journalist reported to have been wounded in the attack was taken to hospital in Turkish border town of d’Antakya. The journalists planned to make a documentary in the village of Idleb, a hotbed of the protest movement that has been the target of a violent crackdown by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.In view of the growing number of freelance journalists who go to theatres of war, Reporters Without Borders notes it is sometimes very difficult to ascertain the status and identities of such people when they get into difficulties. Therefore, we urge freelance journalists to share their travel plans with someone trustworthy who would be able to contact journalists’ organizations or the authorities. The tragedy occurred a day after the murder of the citizen journalist Jawan Mohammed Qatana on 25 March in Derbassiyeh, north of the eastern city of Al-Hassakeh Considering the troubles in Syria and the attitude of its authorities, the press freedom organization calls on journalists additionally to prepare their trip carefully, assess the risks and exercise caution.Reporters Without Borders reminds them that specialized medical and repatriation insurance is available, including schemes developed by this organization with the insurance company April International Canada.The organization urges news organizations that use the services of freelance journalists to meet the cost of their insurance, or to take account of it in their payment rates. The profession as a whole must be more careful about the safety of journalists, who are carrying out an essential job of reporting the news from the world’s hot spots. Click here to see Reporters Without Borders’ safety resources for journalists travelling abroad.
BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information November 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State postal company refuses to deliver many independent newspapers next year June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the removal of many independent newspapers from the list of publications to be distributed next year by the Belarusian state postal service, Belpochta, which has a monopoly of subscription press delivery and believes it can pick and choose what it delivers.The delivery ban will hit four national newspapers – Narodnaya Volya, Nasha Niva, Tovarich, Svobodnie Novosti Plus – and many regional ones, including Brestski Kurier, Vitebski Kurier, Borisovskie Novosti, Gazeta Slonimskaya, Intex-press, Lyahavitski Chas, Volnaye Hlybokaue, Hantsavitski Chas and Miastsovi Chas.“This is yet another bid by the Belarusian government to silence the independent press by depriving it of its means of existence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As shown by the case of the newspaper Solidarnost, which stopped publishing at the end of 2005, severance of the postal delivery contract is often the prelude to closure.”The press freedom organisation added: “The national postal service ought to deliver all newspapers, regardless of their political position. As Belpochta is directly controlled by the government, its selective refusal is a clear attempt to deprive the Belarusian public of access to independent news and information.”The editors of five independent newspapers complained about this situation in an open letter to President Alexandre Lukashenko on 17 October. The information ministry responded that it did not have the right to meddle in the activities of independent business entities and force them to sign contracts.Belpochta began breaking off its delivery contracts with independent newspapers in January 2005. At the same time, private delivery companies had their licences withdrawn, which has made it virtually impossible for independent newspapers to be delivered to subscribers. Some have tried mailing their issues in envelopes, but this results in delays of two to three days. Others organise their own distribution in the capital, but cannot reach the rest of the country. Unable to be delivered, most privately-owned newspapers have had to cut back their print run. Some have stopped publishing in hard copy altogether and just operate a website.The distribution system dates back to the Soviet era. Two state companies have monopolies. Belsouzpechat delivers newspapers to news stands, while Belpochta delivers them to subscribers. The state’s control of these companies means the pro-government press gets preferential treatment while distribution of critical media can be blocked altogether. News May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts to go further Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says