109 days without news from the RojNews editor abducted by the KDP forces

Journalist Silêman Ehmed was abducted by the KDP forces last October and has not been heard from since.

Silêman Ahmed, the editor of Rojnews Arabic Service, was abducted by KDP forces at the Semalka (Faysh Khabur, Kr: Pêşxabûr) crossing point on the Iraqi-Syrian border on 25 October while returning to South Kurdistan from Aleppo, where he had gone on 1 October to visit his family. No news has been received from the Kurdish journalist for 109 days now.

The KDP intelligence service accuses the journalist, who comes from Rojava (northern Syria), of having links to the PKK. His arrest at the Sêmalka-Pêşxabûr border crossing between the Autonomous Region of North and East Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) after a visit to his family in Aleppo was only confirmed by the KDP-affiliated Asayish (Local Security) in Duhok six days after his disappearance. RojNews describes the accusations against Silêman Ehmed as unsubstantiated allegations that have no connection to his five years of work as an editor.

Neriman Ahmet, one of Silêman Ahmed’s lawyers, said in a statement that the Duhok Asayish prevented them from meeting with their client on the grounds that the investigation was ongoing and that they had learned that the file was under the control of Parastin (KDP's intelligence agency).

Although lawyers from Silêman Ahmed Defence Group have filed more than 10 applications so far, KDP forces have not shared any information about the journalist and are preventing any contact with him.

Rojnews Agency condemns the unlawful abduction of Silêman Ahmed, who has been working as an editor at the Arabic service of the agency for 5 years, and demands his release and an explanation about his fate as soon as possible. The agency applied to the United Nations (UN) recently for support in finding out his whereabouts.