Amnesty for Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish

Amnesty for Mazen Darwish

The Recipient of the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2011 and founder of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), Mazen Darwish, is covered by a political amnesty. This decision was made by an anti-terrorism court in Damascus on Monday, 31 August. Darwish had been granted a provisional release on 10 August. The Syrian journalist spent over three years in arbitrary detention after being arrested alongside a number of other colleagues during a raid on the office of the SCM by Air Force Intelligence personnel in Damascus in February 2012. Mazen and his colleagues were facing up to 15 years in prison under article 8 of the 2012 anti-terrorism law on a charge of “publishing information about terrorists acts.”

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