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Syrian freelancer Rami Jarrah detained in Turkey

Syrian freelancer Rami Jarrah detained in Turkey

We are deeply concerned for the welfare of Syrian freelancer Rami Jarrah in Turkey.

Update Saturday 20 February 2016: In the early hours of this morning we learned that Rami Jarrah had been released from detention by the Turkish authorities. We welcome this news.

Rami sent an immediate message of thank you to everyone who helped to secure his release.  


Jarrah, a Syrian freelance journalist was detained in Gazientep, Turkey on Wednesday by immigration authorities while applying for residency.

Rami is well known for his independent reporting of the Syrian conflict. He is also well known to the Trust. He has been a valuable contributor to a number of meetings and projects that we have coordinated for the safety of Syrian journalists.

His journalistic work includes reporting for international outlets including CNN, Al Jazeera, and NPR. Rami also co-founded the independent citizen journalist group ANA Press which provides footage and reports to international outlets including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and others.

He was one of the few journalists who, until very recently, continued to travel into Syria to report on the conflict and its effect on ordinary citizens' lives. The grounds for his continued detention are unclear.

We are extremely concerned that Rami's whereabouts remain unknown at this time.

 read more about the circumstances of Rami's detention and CPJ's call for his release here.
Photo: courtesy of Rami Jarrah

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