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CPJ calls on Syrian officials to 'immediately release' Rudaw anchor Omar Kalo
Rudaw ^ | 7 hours ago at 11:06 CDT | Rudaw

Posted on 09/05/2018 9:16:55 PM PDT by Texas Fossil

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists called for Rudaw anchor Omar Kalo's immediate release by the Syrian government on Wednesday.

"The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Syrian authorities to immediately release Omar Kalo, a news anchor for the Iraqi Kurdish satellite news broadcaster Rudaw," stated CPJ on Wednesday.

Rudaw Media Network issued a statement on Tuesday that Kalo was being held by military intelligence in the city of Aleppo.

Kalo, a native of Kobane, was traveling to Aleppo to renew his passport with his family when they were separated at a Syrian government military checkpoint between Manbij and Aleppo on August 25.

"Even when traveling on personal business, a journalist in Syria is at risk of arbitrary detention," said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney from New York. "We call on the Syrian authorities to release Omar Kalo immediately."

But according to his relatives, he will be transferred to the Military Security (Palestine Branch) in Damascus.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Syria
KEYWORDS: arrested; erdogan; iran; iraq; kobane; kurdistan; newsanchor; omarkalo; palestinebranch; receptayyiperdogan; rudaw; syria; turkey
I've heard that arbitrary arrest of news people have happened before in Syria. The Region is a very dangerous place for those who convey news.

Arrests like this are common in Turkey. I did not know it was in Syria.

Palestine Branch of Syrian Military Security sounds like terrorists.

1 posted on 09/05/2018 9:16:55 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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