A prominent Syrian journalist and documentary film maker known for his anti-Daesh/ISIS films has been assassinated in Turkey’s Southern Anatolia region. (Daesh is a terrorist group affiliated to the Islamic State.)
Naji al-Jarf, editor-in-chief of the Hentah monthly, was shot in the head with a silenced handgun by unknown assailants near the Syrian border in the Turkish town of Gaziantep on Sunday, December 27 and died after being transferred to hospital.
Esin E., a friend disclosed on twitter that al-Jarf was granted asylum in France and was move there with his family today, Monday, December 29.
“Naji Jerf was killed today in Gaziantep. He and his family had been granted asylum in France,&were to leave tomorrow. We ‘re all in shock.” he tweeted.
As an investigation was being carried out into the incident, a Daesh supporter reportedly attributed the killing to the terrorist group on social media.
According to New York-based NGO Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Jerf had recently directed and produced a film documenting the killing of Syrian activists by Daesh terrorists during their occupation of the Syrian city of Aleppo in 2013 and 2014.
“We call on Turkish authorities to bring the killers of Naji Jerf to justice swiftly and transparently, and to step up measures to protect all Syrian journalists on Turkish soil,” said the nonprofit’s regional coordinator.
The 38-year-old father of two, was from the western Syrian city of al-Salamiyah.
Daesh has seized parts of Iraq and Syria, where it carries out the bulk of its activities. It has been engaged in bloody acts of terrorism against people of all communities in the areas under its control.