Syria

The Islamic State group silences the press

The Islamic State group has killed at least 27 journalists since 2013, with at least 11 others missing and feared dead. In October 2015, the group claims responsibility for killing exiled Syrian journalists Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi in Turkey. Ibrahim's brother, Ahmed, founder of the Syrian news initiative Eye on the Homeland, survives an assassination attempt in June. Those left in cities controlled by the group say they fear for their lives. CPJ profiles those killed in this interactive graphic.

Journalists killed in 2016
Journalists killed since 1992

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Fresh threats to journalists from Islamic State group

New York, June 27, 2016 - Threats made against journalists in a video purportedly showing militants from the Islamic State group murdering five Syrians accused of working with media and nongovernmental organizations underscore the need to protect Syrian and Iraqi journalists fleeing the conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

June 27, 2016 5:56 PM ET

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Syrian journalists critically injured in bomb attack on home

Smoke rises over Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district in this October 2, 2012, file photo. (Manu Brabo/AP)

New York, June 17, 2016 - Independent Syrian journalist Hadi Abdullah and cameraman Khaled Eissa were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that destroyed their house in the Syrian city of Aleppo late Thursday night, according to media reports. Eissa is reported to be in critical condition.

June 17, 2016 4:09 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Syria, Turkey

Syrian journalist in Turkey survives second assassination attempt

Beirut, June 13, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the attempted assassination of Syrian journalist Ahmed Abd al-Qader in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa. Sunday's attack on the journalist was the second in three months.

June 13, 2016 1:53 PM ET

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Blog   |   France, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Turkey

Infographic: Islamic State's assault on the press

When Mosul fell to Islamic State on June, 10, 2014, it sparked one of the biggest attacks on press freedom in recent times. Newspapers were shuttered, TV channels were ransacked, radio stations disappeared from the airwaves, and dozens of journalists vanished. Within days, the militants had a monopoly on information output.

June 8, 2016 9:55 AM ET

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CPJ calls for the release of Japanese journalist

New York, May 31, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of freelance Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing in Syria nearly a year ago.

May 31, 2016 12:55 PM ET

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Syrian journalist survives targeting by rebel group

New York, May 18, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a rebel group's attempted assassination of a Syrian journalist working for state media in Aleppo. The May 14 attack, the latest example of armed groups on all sides of the conflict targeting journalists, left four journalists and media workers seriously injured.

May 18, 2016 11:34 AM ET

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Spanish journalists return home after abduction in Syria

Three Spanish freelance journalists flew back to Madrid on May 8, 2016, 10 months after Islamist militants abducted them from the Syrian city of Aleppo in July 2015.

May 9, 2016 5:14 PM ET

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CPJ highlights challenges to female journalists, reporter released from prison, CPJ hosts book talk

CPJ Newsletter: May edition

CPJ publishes annual edition of Attacks on the Press

On April 27, CPJ launched its annual publication of Attacks on the Press. This edition, which focuses on gender and media freedom worldwide, highlights the challenges faced by female journalists who fight to report the news against all odds. The book--and the dialogue it has already generated--is an important step in the fight toward ending sexual violence against female journalists.

(CPJ/Sumit Galhotra)

Attacks on the Press   |   Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

The Struggle for Candid Interviews

Inside a four-room apartment in Antakya, Turkey, a town on the border with Syria, more than a dozen men sat on mattresses on the floor. It was just past 10 p.m. and the soldiers, all men in the Free Syrian Army, the rebel opposition group in Syria, were busy coordinating their next trip into the country. The sound of metal clinking emanated from a back room where younger recruits were assembling Kalashnikovs and shoulder-fired missiles.

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Internet, Iraq, Syria

My Islamic State Social Network

My first conversation with Islamic State was about my reporting. I had just shared an article I'd written about the terrorist group recruiting Western fighters on my Twitter when I saw that someone using the Twitter handle Abu Omar had also posted a link to the piece on his own account. His profile photo unabashedly displayed the black and white IS flag. As I clicked around his profile, I received a Twitter message from him:

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