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Prominent Syrian Rights Activist Released from Prison

Prominent Syrian Rights Activist Released from Prison
Lucie Morillon, head of research at French watchdog of Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters without Borders) holds a banner depicting Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish. (Francois Mori/AP)

Monday, 10 August 2015 08:59 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian authorities have released a prominent journalist and human rights activist after more than three years' imprisonment.

Mazen Darwish was the director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression when he was arrested in February 2012 along with two of his colleagues. The organization confirmed his release on Monday.

He was an outspoken critic of the government's crackdown on protesters that erupted in the country against President Bashar Assad's rule in March 2011.

He has been standing trial on charges of "publicizing terrorist acts."

International human rights organizations have long called on the Syrian government to release Darwish.

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Activists say Syrian authorities have released a prominent journalist and human rights activist after more than three years' imprisonment.Mazen Darwish was the director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression when he was arrested in February 2012 along with...
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