Two French Journalists Reported Missing in Syria

Destruction on a street in Syria. Photo Bo Yaser, wikimedia commons.

Destruction on a street in Syria.
Photo Bo Yaser, wikimedia commons.

French radio station, Europe 1, revealed on Friday that two journalists are currently missing in Syria. Reporter Didier François and photographer Edouard Elias were reportedly on their way to Aleppo from Turkey, when the radio station last heard from them.

In a press release on its website, Europe 1 said it was in “constant contact with the French authorities, who are putting all they can in place to obtain more information.”

The pair’s final contact with the station was on Thursday evening, towards 11:00, after having arrived at the Turkish-Syrian border.

Addressing the potential kidnapping at a press conference in Tokyo, French President François Hollande told reporters that it was not clear in what circumstances the two had lost contact with the station.

The two are said by their employer to be experienced war journalists; Elias has previously worked in Syria.

Amnesty International called Syria a “highly dangerous country for journalists to work in” after “scores” of journalists had been “killed, arbitrarily arrested, detained, subjected to enforced disappearances and tortured over the last few years.”

The disappearance comes after Italian daily newspaper La Stampa confirmed that its reporter Domenico Quirico, who disappeared in Syria on April 9th, is still alive.

Hollande called for the two to be released, saying, “they are men who work so that the world can receive information.”

The news came hours after Vaughan Smith, founder of the Frontline Club, a media club based in London, announced the creation of a new representative body for freelance conflict photographers and journalists, to “address the current gaps in the media landscape and [for freelancers] to take responsibility for their own safety and security.” According to British Journal of Photography, Vaughan Smith told reporters he had created the body in response to the increasing number of freelance reporters in Syria.

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