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    IS Executes Journalist Who Wrote About Life in Syrian City

    Ruqia Hassan, 30, a citizen journalist, was executed by the Islamic State group for writing about daily life in Raqqa, IS's Syrian stronghold and the frequent target of coalition airstrikes against the group.
    Ruqia Hassan, 30, a citizen journalist, was executed by the Islamic State group for writing about daily life in Raqqa, IS's Syrian stronghold and the frequent target of coalition airstrikes against the group.
    VOA News

    The Islamic State group has executed what is believed to be the first female citizen journalist for reporting inside its territory, Syrian activists reported.

    Ruqia Hassan, 30, wrote about daily life in Raqqa, IS's Syrian stronghold and the frequent target of coalition airstrikes against the group. Her frequent Facebook posts appeared under the pen name Nissan Ibrahim.

    The exact date of Hassan’s execution is unknown, but her presence on social media stopped abruptly in July 2015.

    News of her death was confirmed this week by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group exposing human rights abuses from within Syria.

    RBSS founder Abu Mohammed tweeted Hassan’s last known message: "I’m in Raqqa and I received death threats, and when #ISIS [arrests] me and kills me it’s ok because they will cut my head and I have dignity its better than I live in humiliation with #ISIS."

    Hassan was an independent reporter who studied philosophy at Aleppo University and joined the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government when the revolution began in Raqqa.

    After IS entered the city, she refused to leave and began reporting on the human rights abuses occurring there.

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    by: Seer
    January 07, 2016 3:02 AM
    What a stupid way to die. The principled idiots always go first.

    by: Larry Cooper
    January 06, 2016 5:30 PM
    Meanwhile Liberal America has their arms wide open for them..
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    by: Chris from: United States
    January 06, 2016 7:44 PM
    Who are "them"?

    by: Aaron from: San Francisco
    January 06, 2016 3:22 PM
    That's one brave woman.

    by: Luis Perez from: Puerto Rico
    January 06, 2016 2:34 PM
    She was not executed, ISIS is not a legitimate State and she was not prosecuted. She was murdered. Call things by their name.
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    by: Gene from: Texas USA
    January 07, 2016 3:14 PM
    Luis: You are correct. She was murdered.

    by: joseph from: usa
    January 06, 2016 2:30 PM
    Ruqia Hassan, another warrior for liberty murdered by the cowardly IS.

    by: bonmom from: Arcata, CA
    January 06, 2016 1:46 PM
    Cowards. This is much like the Khmer Rouge. Kill the intelligentsia, burn the books, and erase any memory of a free life. Don't call them jihadists or Islam; they are a criminal cult of psychopaths and don't deserve to be labeled with anything else.
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    by: Fulera
    January 06, 2016 7:50 PM
    I agree with you!

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