A prominent anti-ISIS journalist and documentary maker, Naji Jerf, has been assassinated in Turkey in the Southeastern region of Anatolia.
Jerf, editor-in-chief of the Hentah monthly, was killed by a shot to the head with a silenced handgun near the Syrian border.
As an investigation was being carried out into the incident, a Daesh supporter reportedly attributed the killing to the terrorist group on social media.
According to New York-based NGO Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Jerf had recently directed and produced a film documenting the killing of Syrian activists by Daesh terrorists during their occupation of the Syrian city of Aleppo in 2013 and 2014.
“We call on Turkish authorities to bring the killers of Naji Jerf to justice swiftly and transparently, and to step up measures to protect all Syrian journalists on Turkish soil,” said the nonprofit’s regional coordinator.
The 38-year-old, a father of two, was from the western Syrian city of al-Salamiyah.
Daesh has seized parts of Iraq and Syria, where it carries out the bulk of its activities. It has been engaged in bloody acts of terrorism against people of all communities in the areas under its control.