first_img February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of Ibrahim Hamidi, Damascus bureau chief of the pan-Arab daily paper Al-Hayat, who was arrested in Syria on 23 December and, according to the government news agency SANA today, is to be tried for “putting out false news.””In fact, he was arrested for putting out the truth and being too professional in his work,” said a spokesman for the London-based paper. “We are very worried about his conditions of detention and also because Syrian law provides for one to three years in prison for publishing allegedly false news.”Hamidi (who is 33 and a Syrian) reported in a 20 December article on preparations by the Syrian authorities and the United Nations in northeastern part of the country to receive a million Iraqi refugees if Iraq was attacked. The paper printed a denial on 24 December by a spokesman for Syrian prime minister Mohamed Mustapha Miro that Syria or the Red Crescent were setting up hospitals and camps along the border with Iraq. News to go furthercenter_img News December 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bureau chief of pan-arab daily arrested Organisation News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img