Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani freed, Mazen Darwish still held

first_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the release of Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani – two human rights activists who were arrested more than three years ago along with Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) – and calls for Darwish’s immediate release as well. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further July 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani freed, Mazen Darwish still held Help by sharing this information News Both SCM employees, Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani are among the hundreds of detainees held on terrorism charges whose release in still unclear circumstances coincided with the Eid-Al-Fitr religious holiday. RSF has not been able to obtain any information as to Mazen Darwish’s current status.“We are delighted by the unexpected news of the release of Ghreer and Al-Zitani, who had been unjustly held for more than three years,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Despite this wave of releases, we must not forget Mazen Darwish and the others who are still being held, and the inhuman treatment they receive in the Syrian regime’s jails. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Darwish and all the other imprisoned journalists.”Darwish, Ghreer and Al-Zitani were arrested along with all of the SCM’s employees when air force intelligence officers raided its Damascus headquarters on 16 February 2012.They were subjected to enforced disappearance after their arrest, and were mistreated and tortured. Their trial on a charge of “publishing information about terrorist acts” finally began in February 2013, but it was suspended and then repeatedly postponed. Two of their colleagues, Mansour Omari and Abd al-Rahman Hamada, were released on bail on 6 February 2013 pending trial.At least 30 journalists and bloggers continue to be held in the regime’s many jails. According to RSF’s tally, at least 25 others (including six foreigners) are either missing or being held hostage by Islamic State or other armed extremist groups.Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Syria continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. Receive email alerts News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

8 persons hurt in road mishap

first_imgThree victims were brought to theTubungan Rural Health Center for slight injuries, while the other five wererushed to the Rep. Pedro Trono Memorial District Hospital in Guimbal town aftersustaining body injuries, the police said. ILOILO City – Eight persons were injuredafter the jeepney they were riding fell down an inclined road in Barangay Cadabdab,Tubungan, Iloilo. The accident happened around 1:15 p.m.on March 14./PN According to police investigators, thejeepney malfunctioned upon reaching the hilly portion of the road and caused itto go downward. The 70-year-old driver Mario Gatumbatoof San Miguel town was also hurt, the police added.last_img read more