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jeudi 24 mars 2011

Syrian journalist, blogger detained: rights groups

Syrian journalist, blogger detained: rights groups

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DAMASCUS, Mar 24, 2011 (AFP) - Journalist Mazen Darwish and blogger Ahmad Hadifa have been arrested in Syria, the latest in a string of detentions targeting activists this month, rights groups said Thursday."Rights activist Mazen Darwish has been detained after he was summoned for questioning Wednesday over the statements he made on arrests in Syria and the Daraa events," the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Reporters Without Borders on Thursday meanwhile said it feared Darwish, founder of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, had been detained as he had not been seen since shortly before noon on Wednesday............

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the arrest of 27-year-old blogger Ahmad Hadifa at his office in Damascus over his support for the Daraa protests via Facebook.
Hadifa had previously been detained for days last month over his blogging activities.
Amnesty International has compiled a list of 93 people, some for their online activities, arrested this month in the cities of Damascus, Aleppo, Banias, Daraa, Hama, Homs, and others.
"The real number of those arrested is likely to be considerably higher," read Amnesty's press release.
They are believed to be aged between 14 and 45 and include students, intellectuals, journalists and activists.
Budding protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, whose Baath party has ruled Syria for 40 years, have surfaced but been contained in the capital Damascus, with the southern city of Daraa emerging as the hub of the movement.

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