K24 closure means loss of ‘important source of news’ in Rojava: Journalists Syndicate

The Kurdistan Journalists' Syndicate emblem (right) is put alongside photo of the exterior of Kurdistan 24 Headquarter (left) in the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
The Kurdistan Journalists' Syndicate emblem (right) is put alongside photo of the exterior of Kurdistan 24 Headquarter (left) in the Kurdistan Region capital Erbil. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – In a condemnatory statement on Monday Kurdistan Journalists’ Syndicate described the forced closure of Kurdistan 24’s bureau in Qamishlo a loss of an important source of news in the Kurdish region of northeast Syria.

Security forces belonging to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on Sunday forcibly shut down the Kurdistan 24 regional bureau in the autonomous administration’s seat of power..

Kurdistan’s journalism syndicate “strongly condemned” the decision in a statement on Monday, and called for the Rojava authorities to review the decision and reinstate the right of journalistic operations in the area.

The closure “means stopping an important information source” in the Kurdish region, the Syndicate said, as Kurdistan 24 professionally and impartially covered news and events in Rojava.

The Syndicate, which is based in Erbil, said the decision to shut down Kurdistan 24 was a political decision indicative of how local security forces are part of political conflicts, and made the decision under the pressure of “foreign influence.”

Earlier on Monday, Metro Center for Journalists Rights and Advocacy called the decision violation of freedom of the press, and called on the Rojava authorities to review their decision.

Kurdistan 24 has condemned the closure of its office, saying in a statement Sunday that it was a blatant violation of media freedom and a worrisome sign of the Rojava authorities' disregard for press freedom.

Kurdistan 24’s office in Rojava was previously temporarily closed by the administration in September 2019.