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Al-Qamishli: Journalists missing

KURDWATCH, December 31, 2014—On December 16, 2014, two employees of the Iraqi-Kurdish television station Rûdaw, Farhad Hame and Masʿud ʿAqil, as well as their vehicle disappeared without a trace east of al‑Qamishli. The Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), explained to the relatives of the missing that the Islamic State (IS) had erected a checkpoint on the road and kidnapped the journalists. However the Asayiş itself has repeatedly kidnapped critical journalists, especially employees of Rûdaw. Hame was previously detained by the Asayiş on February 6, 2014 [further information].

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