RSF: In Syria, 211 journalists killed in conflict that began six years ago

A total of 211 journalists and citizen journalists have been killed in the course of Syria’s civil war, which began with a wave of protests exactly six years ago. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges all parties to the conflict to protect the journalists who cover it on the ground.

Syria has for years been the world’s deadliest country for journalists and citizen journalists, who are caught between the Assad regime and its allies, Islamic State and many other radical Jihadi groups, and the Kurdish forces.

Acts of intimidation, arrests, kidnappings and murders are all frequent and constitute a gruesome tableau.

Journalism in Syria in figures :

Number of journalists killed:

211 journalists and citizen journalists since 2011

19 journalists and citizen journalists in 2016

Currently imprisoned:

At least 26 journalists and citizen journalists

Held hostage or missing:

At least 21 journalists and citizen journalists, and seven foreign ones

Syria is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.

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