Syria never had a free press but now it has become the world’s deadliest country for journalists. After the start of the Syrian uprising, citizen-journalists created new media outlets to shed light on the various aspects of the war. Professional and citizen-journalists alike are now caught between the various parties to the conflict – both the regime and its allies and the various armed opposition groups including the Kurds and Jihadi fighters such as Islamic State. Frequent intimidation, arrests, abductions and murders constitute an extremely grim environment for the media.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



177 in 2016

Global score


81.35 in 2016


  • 8
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 3
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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