Yesterday a journalist who spoke against the so-called Islamic State, and President Bashar al-Assad was assasinated in Turkey.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has said that Naji Jerf was shot dead in broad daylight outside a building that houses Syrian opposition news outlets.
As yet it is not known who was responsible for the shooting in Gaziantep, but it is said a silenced pistol was used.
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_SL) December 27, 2015
The committee’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, has said Turkish authorities must act.
“Syrian journalists who have fled to Turkey for their safety are not safe at all.”
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.”
Social media has since been awash with tributes, with many sharing a documentary created by Jerf that exposed human rights abuses perpetrated by ISIS.
— Joseph Willits (@josephwillits) December 27, 2015
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) December 28, 2015
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) December 27, 2015
Syrian journalist Naji Jerf allegedly assassinated by ISIS inside Turkey. The fourth journalist killed like this pic.twitter.com/Vfwl7l0Cko
— Molly Crabapple (@mollycrabapple) December 27, 2015
Jerf’s work will live on, and inspire the world to continue fighting against tyranny.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.