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News August 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrests and beatings as information war continues SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders continues to register cases of violence and arbitrary arrests in which the victims are anyone trying to provide information about what is happening in Syria. It also condemns the journalist Eyad Shorbaji’s trial, which is due to begin today in Damascus. The reason for his arrest and the charges are still unknown.“We fear that Bashar Al-Assad’s regime is locked into a repressive frenzy that has reached a point of no return,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Isolated internationally, especially since the withdrawal of many Arab ambassadors and the increase in international community pressure, the authorities persist in censoring any discourse different from their own, jailing netizens and journalists who have witnessed violence against protesters.“We would still like to convince the authorities that truth cannot be suppressed and that the policies they have chosen will only lead down a blind alley. Respect for free expression and media freedom is the only possible way forward.”In one of the latest cases, members of the security forces attacked London-based journalist Moussa Al-Omar’s family home in Damascus on 11 August. Omar has interviewed various Syrian opposition figures for the programme he hosts for UK-based Al-Hiwar TV. The attack is typical of the intimidatory methods that Syria’s diplomats and security services use with government opponents living abroad.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Myriam Haddad, a woman reporter for the magazine Mouqarabat, was kidnapped from Havana Café, in the centre of the capital, on 11 August. Intelligence officials arrested the journalist Sami Al-Halabi on 11 August in the southern city of Suwayda after giving him a severe beating. And Jehad Jamal, a blogger also known by the pen-name of Milan who has had several spells in prison, was jailed again for unknown reasons on 4 August.Reporters Without Borders is also extremely concerned about four journalists who were abducted by security agents on the morning of 4 August from a café in the southern Damascus suburb of Jaramana. They are Ebaa Monzer, a business reporter for the newspaper Baladna, Omar Al-Assad, who works for Al-Jazeera and the newspapers As-Safir and Al-Hayat and who was already arrested at the start of the protests, and the bloggers Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho.Monzer, a woman, may have been released but Reporters Without Borders has had no news of the other three aside except that Hamsho was reportedly tortured at intelligence headquarters in the northern district of Maysat after his arrest. There is also still no news of Hanadi Zahlout, a freelance journalist who has been missing since 25 July.Reporters Without Borders notes that Omar Koush, a writer and journalist who had been held since 2 May, was finally released on 6 August. But seven other journalists and bloggers are still detained (http://en.rsf.org/saudi-arabia-arab-spring-and-repression-04-08-2011,407…), in addition to those named above.With authorities cracking down so hard on journalists, new technologies offer the only way of providing an alternative to the regime’s propaganda. But netizens are also a priority target for the intelligence services.Abd Qabani, for example, was arrested in the capital on 8 August, and Ahmed Samir Naji went missing as he was driving to work the same day. The blogger and activist Fadi Zeidan was arrested for covering a demonstration in the central Damascus district of Sha’laan on 4 August and was held for two days.The netizen Ammar Sa’ib was arrest in Qasaa, a district east of the capital, on 1 August in still unknown circumstances. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Follow the news on Syria News Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Second-placed Inter Milan were held to a third successive 1-1 draw on Sunday in their Serie A match against Cagliari. But their misery came from within somehow, after Radja Nainggolan, a player they loaned to Cagliari for this season, scored a second-half equaliser for the Sardinian side. The fiercely competitive Belgian, who was told by Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte that there was no place for him this season, stunned the San Siro with a 78th minute goal. It canceled out Lautaro Martinez’s first half opener for Inter Milan. Martinez was sent off in stoppage time for his furious reaction after being given a yellow card for a foul. He had to be ushered away by teammates as he continued to remonstrate with the referee. The game ended in chaotic scenes as Inter Milan staff, including Conte, surrounded the referee to protest, with a livid Conte refusing to give any interviews. Chinese-owned Inter Milan have 48 points from 21 games, three behind Juventus who were away to Napoli later on Sunday, and three more than third-placed Lazio who meet AS Roma. “On the one hand, I’m sorry I scored. I have a lot of respect for Inter Milan, their fans and my team mates,” said Nainggolan. “But, on the other hand, I’m happy. They treated me a little badly, as if I were a little player.” Inter Milan’s players wore shirts with their names written in Chinese characters to celebrate the Chinese New Year. With a midfield depleted by injuries and suspensions, Inter Milan gave Ashley Young his debut. The former Manchester United player set up their goal in the 29th minute with a cross which Martinez met with a powerful header. Cagliari protested that Martinez had pushed a defender and VAR officials finally confirmed the goal after a two-minute delay. Alessio Cragno saved another Martinez effort with his feet but Inter Milan did not have it all their own way. Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had to palm away a looping header from Paolo Farago before half-time. Stefano Sensi was also twice close for Inter Milan in the second half. But they failed to add a second goal and paid the price when Joao Pedro pulled back the ball from near the corner and it ran on to Nainggolan. His low drive from 25 metres took a deflection and went in off the foot of the post. Romelu Lukaku was centimetres away from putting Inter Milan back in front, but their frustration boiled over in stoppage time with Martinez’s red card. “We certainly didn’t draw because of the referee,” said Handanovic, the Inter Milan captain. “We only complained because their forwards were given fouls and ours weren’t. We should have finished off the match, and then we wouldn’t be talking about all this.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Antonio ConteCagliariRadja NainggolanSerie A
The 24-year-old midfielder has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal and is Sunderland’s fifth signing during the current transfer window. “Wahbi is a quick, dynamic attacking player,” manager Sam Allardyce told the club’s official website. “He has many attributes, not least his delivery from wide areas and set pieces and of course his ability to score goals. “His versatility will certainly complement our existing forward options and I’m delighted to welcome him to the club.” Khazri started out at Bastia and in 2014 moved on to French rivals Bordeaux, for whom he made over 50 appearances. He has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Tunisia since making his debut in 2013 and has featured in both the African Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers. Khazri could make his debut in Tuesday night’s home league game against Manchester City and joins goalkeeper Steve Harper, defenders Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff and striker Dame N’Doye as new Sunderland signings. Press Association Sunderland have signed Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri from French club Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee.