December 29, 2015

Naji Jerf Murdered in Turkey

Its not every day that someone you follow gets murdered by ISIS supporters in Turkey.

Naji Jerf, 38, was shot with a silenced pistol in downtown Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, Turkish media reported.

Mr Jerf was the film director for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group of journalists who risk their lives daily to report on IS abuses.

It is the second murder of a member of the group in as many weeks, after Ahmad Mohammed al-Mousa was killed in Syria.

Mr Jerf was a vocal critic of the so-called Islamic State. He directed two recent documentaries about the group - one about the killing of Syrian activists in Aleppo, the other about the work of RBSS.

But I'm sure its a total coincidence that he was killed in turkey and there will be a full investigation.
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the murder of Mr Jerf. "Syrian journalists who have fled to Turkey for their safety are not safe at all," said Sherif Mansour, the CPJ's Middle East and North Africa programme co-ordinator.

"We call on Turkish authorities to bring the killers of Naji Jerf to justice swiftly and transparently, and to step up measures to protect all Syrian journalists on Turkish soil."

Turkish police say they have opened an investigation.

(Laughs nervously).

By Howie at 12:19 AM | Comments |