Relief group posts picture Turkish journalist missing in #Syria
A Turkish humanitarian relief group has published a picture of a Turkish journalist who went missing in Syria in August and is believed to be held by the government.
Cameraman Cuneyt Unal and his Jordanian colleague Bashar Fahmi, who were working for US broadcaster Al-Hurra, disappeared in the northern city of Aleppo on August 20.
A delegation from the IHH group obtained the picture, dated October 24, during a trip to Damascus where they visited a group of detainees in a prison, the group said on its website.
The picture shows Unal with a short stubble and in apparent good health.
It was not immediately clear if the group met with Unal nor did it specify the source of the picture.
“Efforts are still continuing for (Unal’s) release,” IHH said in an online statement.
IHH secured the release of two other Turkish journalists in Syria in May.
There had been no news from the journalist since Syria’s al-Ikhbariya news channel aired a video of him a week after the pair went missing.
Fourteen professional journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict started there last year. Another 38 citizen journalists have also been killed, according to the international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.
Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva had been held in Syria since October 9 by a faction of the rebel Free Syrian Army, said the media watchdog.
US freelance journalist Austin Tice, who contributes to several prestigious outlets, disappeared on August 13 in a suburb of Damascus, it added.