After a two-month drop in the violations against journalists in Syria, the curve began to rise again in August 2017 because of the renewal of clashes on more than one front, and the continued hunt down and arrest of media activists by active actors on Syrian territory.
The Syrian Center for journalistic Freedoms of the Syrian Journalists Association documented 21 violations in August 2017. The figure shows a significant increase in violations compared to that of June and July combined which is 19 violations. Violations against journalists in August varied between killing, injury, or detention and also included beating, kidnapping and arbitrary denial of practicing media work
The most significant violations documented by the center in August were the killing of three journalists, including a military journalist, and wounding three others,Jurist Nour Ghazi al-Safadi confirmed the execution of her husband, the Palestinian-Syrian programmer Bassel Khartabil al-Safadi, by the Syrian regime in 2015 after three years of detention.
Also, ISIS executed the media activist Ali Yousuf al-Radi in al-Mayadin city in Deir al-Zor's eastern countryside, while the media activist Hayyan Fadi al-Ammari died of wounds he sustained in an explosive device attack in Daraa, south of Syria, bringing the number of killed journalists and media activists documented by the center since March 2011 to 414.
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