Syria: The IFJ demands the release of journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir

Journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir was arrested in Syria on 4 May, allegedly by an armed group controlling the north-east of Syria. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Syrian Journalists Union (SJU) in condemning this violation of press freedom and calling for his immediate release.

The Syrian Journalists Association.

Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir is Al-Ikhbariya TV’s correspondent in Al-Hasakah, north-east of the country, a city that is currently under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). 

The SJU condemned the “kidnapping” of Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir.

IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: “Our colleague was detained simply for doing his job of covering the news. The SDF and the powers supporting them must stop intimidating the journalists working in the areas under their control and release al Saghir immediately.”

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