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October 12th, 2014
01:30 PM ET

ISIS has "rules" for reporters?

CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon describes the difficult media environment for reporters covering ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

"For us, as Westerners, right now, crossing into ISIS territory, it just simply is not a viable option," Damon said.

A recently-published list of ISIS "rules" for journalists in the region applies to local journalists.

"Six months ago, before these rules even came out, people weren't even allowed to take cell phone video of areas that ISIS controlled," Damon said. "You couldn't even stand in the streets and take a selfie. Your phone would be confiscated."

Allowing local journalists to film and report - albeit under ISIS control and censorship - is a change, and suggests a new level of sophistication.

The treatment of local journalists "is all governed by this overarching sense of fear," Damon said. "At the end of the day, we're not really talking about a free media, even if these local journalists are able to obtain these various permissions. No one is going to risk angering an entity like the so-called Islamic State."


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Kelly Hammond

    ISIS is Israel and if you read real Syrian News and translate it they all say ISIS or DAESH is a Zionist created and funded terrorist group. They blame Obama for FSA and ISRAEL and Goldman Sachs for ISIS.

    October 19, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
  2. zcyrus

    Which democracy tell us that the prime minister must be Shia?
    No sunni Iraqi trust the government in the Baghdad.

    October 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Reply

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