..Free Cartoonist Akram RUSLAN

The Criminal Assad regime has arrested and detained a journalist and cartoonist whose work was highly critical of the regime, and whose artwork has been published throughout the ongoing Syrian Intifada

AkramRuslan, was arrested on October 2ed when Assad intelligence seized him from his office at the newspaper Al-Fidaa in Hama

His detention has been confirmed by the Syrian Journalists Association and a number of posts on Facebook, but his exact whereabouts or the situation he is currently facing are unknown

Ruslan, whose work has been published on numerous pages on Facebook among other locations, has been producing work criticizing the Criminal government, the Intifada and the state media over the past year

His latest cartoon (top) depicted dictator Bashar al-Assad surrounded by flames, holding a sign declaring “Al Assad or we burn the country.”

The DCMF- Doha Center for Media Freedom- issued a statement urging the Syrian authorities to release the cartoonist

The DCMF strongly condemns the detention of the cartoonist, Akram Ruslan, who is currently being held by the Syrian authorities for exercising his right to freedom of expression. The centre urges the Syrian authorities to release Rslan immediately and to put an end to the ongoing targeting of journalists and critics of the Assad regime. The government must do more to ensure that members of the media are protected and do not face intimidation, harassment or detention as a result of carrying out their work

DCMF has expressed solidarity with Syrian journalists who are working in some of the most difficult and dangerous conditions anywhere in the world at the moment, and we urge the government to ensure that Akram Rslan and any other journalists under detention are released immediately and face no further persecution”

Earlier on August 25, 2011, Ali Ferzat, the 60-year-old famous cartoonist was dragged and beaten by three masked men, who then also broke his hands

It was only a matter of time before Ruslan was arrested as he continued tocriticize the regime and its oppression, going so far as to attack the President himself
Ruslan did not hide and he remained in his home and at his job in the Hama-based Fedaa newspaper. The regime eventually lost its patience with him and arrested him from his workplace on Monday, October 2, 2012. Since then, there has been no information about him

Akram Rslan, born in 1974 in Soran, Hama, (mid-east Syria) is an 1996 literature graduate. He is one of the many, many members of our revolution who prefer to struggle away from the media and the limelight, and whom we know little about until they get arrested or martyred. Freedom for the artist Akram Ruslan

See selection of Rulan's work

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