A YOUTH CAMPAIGN TO COUNTER WEAK MEDIA COVERAGE OF DEIR EZ ZOR

A YOUTH CAMPAIGN TO COUNTER WEAK MEDIA COVERAGE OF DEIR EZ ZOR
Investigations | 05 Jan 2015

Activists from the city of Deir ez-Zor launched a campaign entitled "Deir ez-Zor Under Fire," aimed at documenting regime forces abuses on the one hand, and of ISIS on the other.

The campaign is working to gather all the facts and ifnormation on said violations and disseminate them to the media, after media coverage of crimes against the civilian population of Deir ez-Zor had weakened considerably.

Khalid al-Omar, one of the "Deir ez-Zor Under Fire" campaign contributors tells us details of the campaign and the reason behind it: "The campaign was the result of the tremendous pressure experienced by the Deir ez-Zor province and its countryside, mainfest in countless daily violations."

He adds: "The Deir ez-Zor Under Fire campaign documented the names of 155 media and relief activists, affected by the regime and ISIS forces."

As for living conditions, the people in Deir ez-Zor and its countryside suffer more cruel circumstances when compared with other cities in Syria. Some insiders cite the city's geography and the nature of the battles around it as the main reasons.

Activist Mohamed Hassan from Deir ez-Zor, describes the living conditions as "tragic," due to declining economic and commercial activity in the area due to road interruption, as well as armed clashes.

Hassan adds: "There is a severe media blackout enforced over the city by ISIS. They prevent the movement of journalists, but ISIS media people have the freedom to perform media coverage beneficial to the organization."


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