There is still no news from the journalist Silêman Ehmed, who was arrested by the KDP in South Kurdistan more than three weeks ago. Concern for his life and safety is increasing, RojNews is calling once again for the release of its editor.

There is still no news of the journalist Silêman Ehmed, who was kidnapped by KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) security forces in South Kurdistan on 25 October.

The employee of the Arabic-language editorial team of the RojNews news agency initially disappeared after visiting family in Aleppo at the Sêmalka-Pêşxabûr border crossing between the Autonomous Region of North and East Syria (AANES) and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The last contact with him was a telephone conversation with his mother when he was already in the KDP’s area of responsibility. Six days later, the Asayîş security forces in Dihok announced that the journalist had been arrested because he belonged to the PKK.

Silêman Ehmed has worked for RojNews in South Kurdistan for five years. The news agency reiterated its call for his immediate release and held the KDP responsible for the life and safety of its editor.

Kurdish and international media organizations, such as the Kurdish PEN Center and Reporters Without Borders, have stated their support for the journalist.


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