Syria anti-IS documentary maker 'assassinated' in Turkey

Syria anti-IS documentary maker 'assassinated' in Turkey

Gaziantep, Turkey: Grieving relatives and supporters on Monday buried a Syrian filmmaker who was assassinated in Turkey after producing documentaries hostile to the Islamic State (IS) group.

Having escaped from Syria, he might have built a new life for himself in Turkey or elsewhere, but the father of two chose to make documentaries exposing ISIS' many crimes against humanity in Raqqa, the Syrian city the group considers the capital of its radical Islamic caliphate.

Jerf was expected in Paris this week after receiving a refugee visa for himself and his family, the French press reported.

On December 15, Jerf published a documentary, describing the killings of Syrian activists by Daesh in the Syrian city of Aleppo in 2013 and 2014.

Friends said that Naji Jerf, 38, was shot twice in the head after being approached by an unknown auto outside of a local restaurant. He had approached French officials in Turkey to discuss applying for asylum, after having received death threats from Islamic State militants via Facebook and his cell phone.

Jerf is the third Syrian anti-ISIS activist to be murdered while hiding in Turkey. Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi worked for a media outlet called Eye on the Homeland, which documented ISIS's brutality in Syria.

The CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, made a statement that was released on Sunday evening directed at the Turkish authorities saying: "Syrian journalists who have fled to Turkey for their safety are not safe at all".

While ISIS is yet to officially claim responsibility for the murder, RBSS blamed the group in a series of tweets.

The rights group said the killing of Naji Jerf highlighted Turkey's failure to protect journalists and activists in its territories.

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