Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Arrest Local Reporter In Syria’s Hasaka Province

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) on Thursday condemned Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for arresting journalist Barzan Ferman in northern Syria.

On Tuesday, forces affiliated with SDF raided the office of Rudaw TV channel in Qamshli city in Hasak governorate, and detained Ferman without any charge.

“We demand for an end to all arbitrary detention and reason for Ferman arrest,” SNHR said in a statement. Ferman has been taken to an unknown location and his phone was confiscated.

“We fear he may suffer torture and go on to become forcibly disappeared, as has happened with 85% of detainees,” the statement said.

SNHR noted that these arrests are carried out with the objective of spreading fear and terror in the community and blackmailing the detainees’ families.

On July 30, another 16 journalists were detained by SNDF forces from Raqqa government as part of a security campaign in Syria’s northeastern province.

These journalists were arrested from roads, markets, and public places, or the SDF raided the headquarters of the media agencies and civil groups.

SNHR expressed fear that the arrested journalists will be subjected to torture during the investigation.

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