Damascus: Dreaded global terror outfit Islamic State has murdered a female journalist who wrote about the miserable condition of people in occupied Raqqa in Syria accusing her of spying, confirmed activist.
Ruqia Hassan (30) was executed in September but the news circulated in media this week after ISIS claimed on social media claimed that the journo is still alive.
Writing under the pen name Nissan Ibrahim, Hassan’s posts described life for residents of Raqqa, Isis’s Syrian stronghold, and the frequent coalition airstrikes against the group.
Hassan studied philosophy at Aleppo University and later joined the opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad when the revolution began in Raqqa. She refused to leave after Isis entered the city.
Hassan had been placed under surveillance by Isis and was held in August, accused of being in contact with the “sahawat”, a derogatory term used by Isis to refer to the Free Syrian Army, whom it considers traitors.
Hassan posted messages on Facebook about how she felt and the music she listened to, and sent messages of hope to her followers.
Last weekend, an Isis propaganda video emerged in which five men appeared to be murdered after being accused of spying. The film shows the victims describing their “crimes”, such as running internet cafes and sending pictures of Raqqa to Turkey.
In December, Isis killed Naji Jerf, the editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah and an activist with RBSS, who had documented human rights violations committed in Raqqa by the group in his film Islamic State in Aleppo.