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Syrian journalist Naji Jerf who exposed Isis atrocities murdered in Turkey

Published 28/12/2015

Syrian journalist and filmmaker Naji Jerf has been gunned down in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Jerf was shot in the head twice near a building housing Syrian independent news outlets. He was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Jerf recently completed a documentary investigating violence in the Isis-held parts of Aleppo for the RBSS group (Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently). RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqa.

The film won a Committee to Protect Journalists’(CPJ) International Press Freedom Award in November.

A friend of Jerf's told AFP that the journalist was "supposed to arrive in Paris this week after receiving, along with his family, a visa for asylum in France."

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the murder and called on Turkish authorities to protect other journalists in the country.

“We believe it was Isil that did this,” said Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, a spokesman for RBSS, quoted in The Daily Telegraph.

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People carry the coffin of film maker Naji Jerf, who was killed on December 27, in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
People carry the coffin of film maker Naji Jerf, who was killed on December 27, in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Women hold pictures of film maker Naji Jerf, who was killed on December 27, during his funeral in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. Naji Jerf, a Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group, was assassinated in Turkey on December 27, according to the group with which he worked, "Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently". RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqa, the northeastern city that IS uses as its de facto capital in Syria / AFP / STR / Turkey OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives mourn over the coffin of film maker Naji Jerf in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. Naji Jerf, a Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group, was assassinated in Turkey on December 27, according to the group with which he worked, "Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently". RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqa, the northeastern city that IS uses as its de facto capital in Syria / AFP / STR / Turkey OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives mourn over the coffin of film maker Naji Jerf in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. Naji Jerf, a Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group, was assassinated in Turkey on December 27, according to the group with which he worked, "Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently". RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqa, the northeastern city that IS uses as its de facto capital in Syria / AFP / STR / Turkey OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives mourn over the coffin of film maker Naji Jerf in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. Naji Jerf, a Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group, was assassinated in Turkey on December 27, according to the group with which he worked, "Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently". RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqa, the northeastern city that IS uses as its de facto capital in Syria / AFP / STR / Turkey OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images
Relatives mourn over the coffin of film maker Naji Jerf in Gaziantep on December 28, 2015. Naji Jerf, a Syrian activist who produced documentaries hostile to the Islamic State group, was assassinated in Turkey on December 27, according to the group with which he worked, "Raqa is Being Slaughtered Silently". RBSS is a group of citizen journalists who work to expose human rights abuses in Raqa, the northeastern city that IS uses as its de facto capital in Syria / AFP / STR / Turkey OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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“Either they thought Naji was one of our members, or they simply did it because they knew how much our guys loved him. Nowhere is safe for us now.”

Jerf is the third journalist to have been murdered in Turkey in three months.

In October, two Syrian journalists, Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi, were found murdered in an apartment in Urfa in southeastern Turkey.

The CPJ called upon Turkey to investigate the murders of both these men who were thought to have been killed by Isis.

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