The Syrian journalist and activist, Abdul Fattah Al-Hussein, meets an uncertain fate while his family and colleagues ask for his whereabouts and for permission to contact him, yet no responses.
It is mentioned that an armed faction belongs to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has detained him on December 2nd and that this faction has been attacking the journalists and activists repeatedly following the media persons.
Journalist Abdel Nasser Haj Hamdan risks his life every time he covers an incident. He bids his work and colleagues a farewell once he heads to shelling sites. He believed that the press is a message to convey the truth to the public.
On February 20th, he went to cover the shelling of the Russian warplanes on Al-Naasan city, in the countryside of Idlib. He was involved in his work worrying about the fate of those who would be displaced and those whose families would be killed in the shelling. Yet, He fell victim to the ongoing war in Syria
On January 30th, Adeeb Al-Janani was doing his job, reporting the incident live, then all of a sudden; shrapnel struck him in the abdomen, the communication with his work, Belqis Channel, was cut off and instead of reporting the ongoing incidents, the anchor reported his death following the Aden airport attack.
Al-Janani was admitted to the government hospital, however, the shrapnel was heavier than the medical intervention that sought to save his life and it sent him to the hereafter, bare his journalistic equipment and being a witness to the horrific crime.
Gunmen on the 10th of January opened fire on a car carrying Dijlah TV reporter Ahmed Abdul Samad and camera operator Safaa Ghali in Basra.
His colleagues blamed pro-Iranian militias. Before his assassination, Dijlah TV reporter posted a tweet about Iran, saying it seizes on every opportunity to expand its proxy war, commenting on what Tehran did after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani: it wasn’t surprising that Soleimani’s daughter has pleaded Hassan Nasrallah to retaliate her father’s death and the fact that she didn’t make this request to Khamenei. It is because Iranians told her to do so in order to gain sympathy. Hassan Nasrallah and some deputies were deceived which means that Iran wouldn’t miss a chance to exploit any opportunity for furthering their proxy war
He was therefore assassinated for his opinion in a country where armed factions are above the law
The Egyptian authorities detained journalist Amer Abdel Moneim who is diagnosed with chronic diseases and convicted him with terrorism which he normally fabricates for journalists, according to observers.
The captain of the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists, Diaa Rashwan, called for his released release after the Egyptian authorities arrested him on January 19th, 2020, he wasn’t released rather referred to the State Security Prosecution, which detained him for 15 days on remand and accused him with disseminating fake news and assisting a terrorist group in achieving its objectives.
The memo stated that “the Syndicate received a complaint from Abdel Moneim’s family concerning his detention and submission to the Supreme State Security Prosecution, without notifying the Journalists Syndicate” in breach of the Syndicate rule, “mentioning that“ an order was issued to detain him for 15 days on case No. 1017 for the year 2020. He was kept in Tora Liman prison despite his worse health condition.
“The situation is disastrous in Arihah,” wrote Amjad Aktalati, a journalist working for different media outlets, who died on February 4th covering an airstrike in Arihah, southern Idlib.
Aktalati was hiding away along with his friend in a four-floor building where he and his friend died as the building collapsed in the airstrike.
Anisa Al-Jaafari, a writer whose whereabouts and fate are a mystery, is stuck behind the bars of the Iranian prison, without any clarifications of why she was arrested. On the 23rd of November, she was arrested by the Iranian authority, who then stormed her house in Eslamabad, confiscated her laptop, mobile, and even books. It is worth mentioning that Anisa Al-Jaafari was a writer, art and literary critic in a Kurdish-language magazine based in Germany. Journalist and Jurists pointed out her arrest is an appalling violation of the freedom of press and expression.
On December 16th, in Salqin, northern Idlib, where the media activist Faisal Abdul Razzaq Al-Bayoush, the head of logistical support in the Union of Revolutionary Bureaus, works and where armed people attacked his office and abducted him; however, his family and colleagues attempted to trace him, but no clue.
The armed faction of “Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham” was accused of engaging in the abduction of Al-Bayoush, as he opposes the group’s policies and their terrorist operations in Syrian.
On December 12th, in Southern Syria, Khatab left his home carrying his tools to write a report on Covid-19, adding freedom of the press to his new year buckets in Syria. He eagerly wants to return home to continue working on his project, “the Syrian Media Council”, which he announced at the end of November 2020. However, He couldn’t reach back home, as he fell dead by bullets of gunmen who shot him and fled.
Khattab thought that he isn’t crossing the red lines by demanding protection and freedom to journalists since he doesn’t call for a secret or terrorist organization rather giving free rein to the pens of journalists and enable them to utter a word of truth. unfortunately, he committed an unforgivable mistake in those countries.
On September 1st, the security forces, southern Sudan, abducted the journalist Jackson Oshaya, leaving no clue about his fate until it was reported that he had been detained by the Sudanese authorities. Oshaya thought that there was a space for journalism, respect for expression, and acceptance of the other’s perspectives, yet he paid the price of his freedom.
Oshaya works for the online newspaper, The Citizen, and has been detained for publishing statements by the official spokesman for the National Salvation Front on a report he prepared about the mutual accusations between the Front and the government related to the violence in the Lobonock area.
In a well-planned ambush, the Bengali journalist arrested on the 14th of April. He received a call from an unknown entity claiming they have something that belongs to him. They offered him to come and take it or be delivered to his address. The journalist then gave them his address and within half an hour three men arrived without identifying themselves.
The wife said that she asked them who they were but they haven’t answered. She asked them also where they were taking her husband. The security agencies denied having him when she called them. She then called the Bangladesh embassy in Jordan who claimed knowing nothing about him. Three days after the call, Mr. Salim called her and said that he was detained on charges of publishing an article on Bangladesh workers’ suffering during the lockdown and the embassy’s inaction to help them. His wife said that her husband is a registered journalist in his country and he works in a Bangladesh media outlet, but not registered in Jordan, as he works in a school cafeteria in Amman along with his work in journalism.