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ʿAmuda: Asayiş abduct journalist from Yekîtî Media

KurdWatch, December 31, 2015—On December 28, 2015, the people’s court of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in al‑Qamishli decided to release the journalist Faraydun Qicho (b. 1982, married, two children) from prison. Employees of the Asayiş, the PYD security service, had abducted Qicho on December 26 from his workplace in ʿAmuda. He works for the website Yekîtî Media of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî). Qicho was transferred from ʿAmuda to al‑Qamishli, before he was released he spent a total of twenty-four hours in solitary confinement. It is still unclear whether the abduction is related to the hacker attack on Yekîtî Media [further information].

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