Syrian journalists Dr. Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala Barakat were murdered in their Istanbul apartment on the night of Thursday and Friday September 22.
OroubaBarakat (60) was a writer, filmmaker, journalist and activist who had fled her native Syria in the 1980s. Her daughter Hala (22) was a journalist for Orient TV.
The pair werefound stabbed to death in their apartment in the suburb of Uskudar late on Thursday night; however Turkish police have not issued any information regarding the murders.
The International Federation of Journalists strongly condemned the brutal murder and called on the Turkish authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice
OroubaBarakat has produced a series of commentaries revealing the torture and killing of detainees in Syrian government prisons based on interviews with survivorsparticularly after the civil unrest and civil war of 2011. She is also a member of the Syrian opposition national council and critic of the Syrian government who campaigned for the rights of Syrians living under the Assad regime.
Her daughter Hala Barakat who reported for Orient Net and various other media outlets was also active in campaigning for human rights to be upheld in Syria.
Orouba and Hala’s deaths mark three Syrian journalists killed this year and three journalists killed in Turkey, respectively.
“As we mourn the tragic loss of Hala and OroubaBarakat today, we also call on the Turkish authorities to make sure that their killers are brought to justice as swiftly as possible”, said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.