NUJ calls on international community to condemn Assad's targeting of journalists
24 May 2019
The NUJ has called on the United Nations and global community to urgently and roundly condemn the actions of the authorities in Syria who have targeted UK journalists working for Sky News.
Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford has reported how her crew was attacked with tank shells during the bombardment of Idlib and said:
"The Sky News crew - clearly identified as journalists - was deliberately targeted and attacked by Syrian regime forces using military drones to pinpoint our location, before launching a series of strikes.
"We were spotted by a military drone and then repeatedly shot at with what we believe were 125mm shells probably fired from a T-72 Russian battle tank."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"This is an outrageous act and the international community must strongly condemn Bashar al Assad's intentional targeting of journalists in Syria. Media workers should be allowed to work without such threats to their lives which are clear breaches of international law. The attack on the Sky news team is also clearly intended to send a stark message to other journalists, and we must be united in our condemnation of such actions."
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary said:
"We are appalled by this deliberate targeting of our colleagues from Sky News and we remind President Bashar al Assad that journalism is not a crime and that he should abide by his international commitment towards press freedom. The Syrian president should be providing the media with the necessary safety to carry out their duties, not treat them as terrorists to be attacked."