Killings of Syrian journalists condemned

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Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

The killing of two Syrian citizen journalists found dead just over a week ago, has been condemned by the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Ibrahim Abdel Qader and Fares Hammadi were found dead in the city of Sanlirfa, in south-eastern Turkey.

Matthew Wells reports:

The two men were both independent and well-known journalists. Mr Qader was co-founder and Executive Director of the online news site "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently." Its citizen journalists and human rights activists report on the city of Raqqa, which is the headquarters of the ISIL terrorist group in northern Syria.

Mr Hammadi was head of production at the Syrian media collective, Eye on the Homeland.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, called on the Turkish authorities to ensure "swift justice" in tracking down the men's killers.

In her capacity as the voice of the UN when it comes to the killing of media workers, she said that violence against journalists should always be condemned.

Resorting to murder in order to suppress the sharing of information, was intolerable she added.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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