RAQQA – The first citizen female journalist has been executed by ISIS for reporting inside captured territory. The young and often outspoken reporter, Ruqia Hassan, spoke of her possible fate when death threats were received from ISIS. Some of her last words were posted to her Facebook account discussing her what was to be her fate. “When ISIS arrest and kill me it’s ok because…it’s better than [living] in humiliation with ISIS,” Hassan had said in July.
According to a Syrian journalism organization, Syria Direct, Ruqia Hassan has become the fifth journalist reporting on ISIS to be killed since October.
Hassan, who reported under the pseudonym ‘Nisan Ibrahim’ often frequented her Facebook account, posting her discussions and observations of the situation in Raqqa. Syrian Direct reported an abrupt end to her posts occurred on July 21, 2015. The exact date of Hassan disappearing can’t be pinpointed, but is considered to be somewhere between July and December.
Three days ago ISIS contacted Hassan’s family to inform them of her execution under charges of “espionage,” was reported. Furat al-Wafaa, also an independent citizen journalist, commented to Syria Direct’s Ammar Hammou that Hassan “often reported on airstrikes in Raqqa as they happened.” She participated in the revolution’s protests and demonstrations and challenged ISIS often with her reports.
Her final Facebook post mocked IS for banning Wi-Fi hotspots in the city of Raqqa. “Go ahead and cut off our Internet,” she had said, “our messenger pigeons won’t complain.”
Abu Mohammed, founder of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group focused on exposing human rights abuses within Syria, confirmed Hassan’s death.
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