Hadi al-Abdullah wins Reporters Without Borders prize for 2016

Orient Net | 2016-11-07 19:57 Damascuss

Hadi al-Abdullah
The 2016 Reporters Without Borders prize has been awarded to the Syrian media activist Hadi al-Abdullah.

"Reporters Without Borders is pleased to award the 2016 Press Freedom Prize to Hadi al-Abdullah for his outstanding coverage in Syria," excerpts from the prize text. 

Hadi al-Abdullah is a prominent Syrian journalist and activist, has been documenting the devastation left behind by Assad and Russian airstrikes on Aleppo and in other places.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, Abdullah has made a name for himself - first, as an anti-regime activist in his home city of Homs, and later as a citizen journalist working in fraught, often incredibly dangerous conditions on some of Syria’s major battlefields: Qusayr, Idlib and Aleppo.

Abdullah has made himself unpopular with both Assad regime and ISIS.

He was detained and another prominent Syrian activist, Raed Fares, in Kafranbel earlier this year by some opposition groups in Idlib.

Abdullah’s videos showed airstrikes falling on neighbourhoods in the east of Aleppo, as well as the devastation they caused, including  bombed-out homes and market-places, children caught up in the violence.

Reporters Without Borders, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. 

The organization, with a head office in Paris, France, has consultant status at the United Nations.

Reporters Without Borders has two primary spheres of activity: one is focused on Internet Censorship and the New Media, and the other on providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas.