Journalist who signed Damascus Declaration held incommunicado

first_img January 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who signed Damascus Declaration held incommunicado February 3, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Organisation News News to go further RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Writer and journalist Fayez Sara was reportedly arrested yesterday after responding to a summons from the state security services. His arrest, which has not yet been confirmed by the authorities, would bring the number of Damascus Declaration signatories currently detained to eight.“The Syrian government continues to crack down on its political opponents and all those who dare to question the Baath party’s monopoly of power,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The state of emergency in force since 1963 serves political rather than security needs. The authorities have been silencing the opposition without regard for the law for more than 40 years.”A contributor to several newspapers including the Lebanese daily Assafir and the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, Sara went to the state security agency in Damascus yesterday morning in response to a summons. His wife told Reporters Without Borders she believes he was arrested.Sara and fellow journalist Ali Abdallah attended a meeting on 1 December of the National Council of the Damascus Declaration, formed by secular opposition parties calling for “radical democratic change in Syria.” Abdallah was arrested on 17 December. In all, some 40 activists were arrested and seven of them, including executive bureau president Fida’a Al-Horani and secretary Akram Al-Bonni, are still being held.The Damascus Declaration, calling for political reforms and better relations with Lebanon, was issued in October 2005. It is backed by many members of banned political parties.Syria was ranked 154th out of 169 countries in the world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders issued in October.On the same subject:18.12.07 – Journalist Ali Abdallah back in prisoncenter_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alertslast_img

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