An independent woman journalist was executed by Islamic State for reporting from inside their territory, Syrian media reported on Monday.
Citizen journalist Ruqia Hassan, better known as Nisan Ibrahim in social media, was killed for writing about life under Islamic State’s rule.
“Hassan wrote about life under IS rule on her personal Facebook page and often reported on airstrikes in Raqqa when they happened,” Furat al-Wafaa, an independent citizen journalist told Syria Direct, a media organisation.
The news was confirmed by Abu Mohammed, founder of ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently’ - a news website run by Syrian activists against ISIS.
Mohammed tweeted Hassan’s last words: “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 [sic]”
Hassan’s Facebook page was last updated on July 21, 2015.
In a FB post on July 20, 2015, Hassan had written against Islamic State’s decision to ban Wi-Fi hotspots in Raqqa city, reported Syrian Direct.
“Go ahead and cut off the internet, our messenger pigeons won’t complain,” was the literal translation of the post.
According to alaan.tv, a news website, the Islamic State informed Hassan’s family of her execution on January 2, 2016 - almost 6 months after she allegedly disappeared from Raqqa city.
According to Syrian Direct, the execution marks the fifth journalist to be killed by IS and also this is believed to be the group’s first capital punishment given for a woman.