ISIS extremists prepare for the beheading of three citizens of Mosul, northwestern Iraq. File photo
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QAMISHLI – A total of 48 cases of abduction among media workers and journalists in the northwestern Iraqi city of Mosul have been documented since the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) stormed the city, Journalist Freedoms Observatory (JFO) said on Thursday.
“At least 13 journalists have been brutally executed by the terror group so far,” the organization.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and JFO issued a joint report regarding the violations committed against journalists in Mosul, saying: “According to figures documented by the JFO since June 2014, some 48 cases of abduction in the ranks of journalists and local media workers have been documented, at least 13 journalists have been killed by ISIS in the city of Mosul so far.”
The report added that some of the imprisoned journalists were released, but still the fate of dozens others remains ambiguous.
“Some professional journalists and media activists are still suffering harsh conditions in ISIS’ prisons,” the statement read.
The report also pointed out that some 60 journalists and media workers were able to leave Mosul, while those who still live in the city are forced to pledge not to conduct any media activities in order to survive under ISIS rule.
The joint report stressed that Mosul has turned into a “black hole” on the media level since June 2014, when ISIS jihadists seized the city.
Speaking to ARA News in Duhok, Iraqi journalist Ahmed Mahmoud said: “Media activists and journalists are main targets for ISIS terrorists. The group believes that independent reporters usually work for some hostile parties and could leak security information about the militants’ positions inside Mosul.”
“Working as a media activist in ISIS-held areas is suicidal. Those brave activists deserve all kinds of support to keep uncovering the terrorists’ atrocities,” Mahmoud said.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News