March 12, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists April 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four citizen journalists killed despite ceasefire Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Reporters Without Borders has learned of the deaths of four citizen journalists in Syria: Ahmed Abdallah Fakhriyeh shot dead in Dmeir and Samir Shalab Al-Sham Abu Mohamed killed by a shell in Homs, both on 14 April, and Alaa Al-Din Hassan Al-Douri, whose dead body was recovered in Hama province yesterday, and Khaled Mahmoud Kabbisho, summarily executed yesterday in Idlib.The information we have received about the identities of these four activists and the circumstances of the deaths is difficult to confirm, however. “Every day the violence in Syria causes dozens of deaths and takes a heavy toll among journalists and citizen journalists,” the press freedom organization said.“The government disregards its international commitments and shows little sign of ending its brutal crackdown. Information from Syria has become extremely difficult to obtain, to the point where we are unable to confirm with certainty our information about the deaths of the four citizen journalists.” Help by sharing this information Related documents Four citizen journalists killed in Syria despite ceasefire – In ArabicPDF – 62.63 KB RSF_en News Follow the news on Syria Receive email alerts to go further News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa “We hope that the arrival of international observers will allow the government to end the media isolation it has adopted so that it can pursue its bloody crackdown, and we draw the observers’ attention to this issue.”Fakhriyeh, 35, was shot dead while he was driving to film the arrival of Syrian army troops in the village of Dmeir, about 40 km northeast of Damascus. He was a member of the local coordinating committee and had been filming events in Syria for the past year.Al-Sham, 26, was wounded when a mortar round hit the building from which he was recording the shelling of two Homs neighbourhoods by Syrian forces. Residents were unable to go to his aid and he died shortly afterwards. Known by the nickname Abu Layla, he had been covering the Syrian uprising in Syrian for the Syria News Network for more than a year.Al-Douri, 44, was wounded by a bullet at a roadblock near the ancient ruins of Apamea, about 40 km northwest of Hama. He was held in custody by security forces and his dead body, showing signs of torture, was handed over to his family three days later. A leading rights activist, he had given up his job more than a year ago to devote his time to the revolutionary movement. He was married with two children.Kabbisho was held for questioning then summarily executed in the town of Idlib in the northwest of the country. His head was reported to have been crushed by a Syrian army tank. The activist, who regularly posted videos of demonstrations in Idlib on his YouTube channel, was married with three children. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child.Reporters Without Borders has also learned, again without confirmation, the arrest of Mohamed Al-Hariri two days ago in Deraa. If this turns out to be the case, the worst is feared for this citizen journalist, who appeared on the TV channel Al-Jazeera describing the operations of the Syrian army in the town.(Photo: Reuters) SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News News March 8, 2021 Find out more February 3, 2021 Find out more
Melinda Sue Deckard, 54, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 in Jackson, Georgia.She was born July 27, 1966 in Dearborn County, IN, daughter of Judy (Vastine) Buffington and the late Robert Kincade.Melinda was a member of former member of Aurora Moose Lodge . She loved to do puzzles, and games on her phone. She was a practical joker. Melinda was a very outgoing person, and she never met a stranger. She loved time with the family, especially her grandkids.Melinda is survived by her loving spouse Joe Deckard, children, Shawn (Robert) Helmig of Aurora, IN, Christopher B. Helmig of Aurora, IN, Jayden Eaglin of Aurora, IN; step children, Justin Deckard of Madison, IN, Devin Deckard of Harrison, OH; siblings, Candida (David) Mitchell of Dillsboro, IN, Robert “Bobby” (Blaire) Buffington of Aurora, IN, Vicki (David) Prather of Willisburg, KY; step-sister, Mary Katherine (Matt) Schwartz; seven grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Kincade, step son, Joshua Deckard, step sister, Laura Jean Buffington.Friends will be received for a visitation on Friday, September 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Private family funeral services will follow.Interment will follow in the Hogan Hill Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray funeral expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority. We are asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times, and the wearing of masks is highly recommended.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Tony Lokko believes Amidaus Professionals’ positive start to their debut premier league campaign will stand them in good stead come the end of the season.The newly promoted side drew 0-0 with champions, Asante Kotoko on Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium.And the result has left Lokko, who guided the Tema-based side to beat Kotoko in last season’s FA Cup to look at the positives going forward.“This is a very good start and we will build on it to stay in the league,” said Lokko.Amidaus will play their first home match in the league when they welcome Liberty Professionals to the Tema Park on Sunday.