Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression

The Detainees Journalists Category

To list a detained person in the journalists’ category, the two following conditions must be met;

First, verifying the detainee identification as a journalist.

The detainee identification as a journalist shall be verified if one of the following conditions is available;

  • If the detainee has ID of the Journalists’ Syndicate membership;
  • If the detainee has a written assignment letter by the press/media institution he/she works for;
  • If the detainee has an oral mission assignment by the press/media institution he/she works for;
  • If the detainee has his/her own press work archive in any press/media institution;
  • If the detainee has an employee recognition either by officials of the press/media institution he/she works for or via its online platforms.

And the ownership of a news website or printed newspaper would be sufficient verification for AFTE to recognize the detainee’s workplace as a press/media institution.

Second, verifying the correlation between the Journalist’s detention and performing his press work.

This correlation shall be verified if one of the following conditions is available;

  • If the detention caused by his work on a story;
  • If the detention caused by the journalist’s work relationship with a press/media institution;

And both conditions would be verified by either written assignment letter, employee recognition, a testimony of the victim through his/her lawyers/family, or interrogation records.

 

Note: Journalists who have been arrested for posting information on their social media accounts will be added.