Paris Says Goodbye to Syrian Journalist Khaled Al Issa

Paris Says Goodbye to Syrian Journalist Khaled Al Issa

Rally in Khaled Al Issa’s honour Place de la République Paris Wednesday 29 June 2016

On 28 June 2016, “Paris Match” paid tribute to the young Syrian journalist and cameraman, Khaled Al Issa who died of his wounds in a Turkish hospital. He had been seriously wounded on 17 June 2016 in a bomb explosion which targeted the building he was living in in Aleppo with his friend and colleague Hadi Al Abdallah. Hadi remains hospitalized for the moment.

Young Syrian photojournalist Khaled Al Issa

According to the French newspaper “Liberation” journalist who was in contact with Khaled al-Issa, the young 24-year-old man became involved in the Syrian Revolution in 2011 participating in those very first protests using his phone for souvenirs. He then went on to filming what he was observing there and over time, he became one of those courageous Syrian media activists documenting the crimes of the Assad regime in his relentless attacks against the Syrian people. Khaled collaborated with foreign media, including the Guardian.

Just two days before the drama, Khaled al-Issa and Hadi Al Abdallah had survived a barrel bomb attack on Alhajj bridge in Aleppo by the regime while covering a massacre there. In his last exchange with the « Liberation » reporter, explaining the bandages on their heads he replied: « Tomorrow, I will be back on the ground because we have work to be done. »

Hadi on the left and Khaled on the right seem rather pensive

For the Syrian National Coalition: « The fight for freedom continues. Criminals who have their hands stained with the blood of the Syrian people will be judged one day and held accountable.”

Syria has been declared by Reporters Without Borders the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. For Bashar al Assad’s regime, journalists’ cameras, voices and microphones are a greater threat than weapons as they expose the truth. The Syrian Network of Human Rights  has indicated the death toll of journalists and media activists from March 2011 to March 2016 at 479. It also documented 1027 cases of abduction or arrest. Sadly, Khaled is the latest victim but not the last.

One word symbolizes the Syrian conflict – VIOLENCE. Yet young Syrians like Khaled believed in non-violence – Khaled used his camera, Hadi his voice and micro and Raed Fares those unforgettable banners from Kafranbel.



A discrete young man, Khaled al-Issa, has become a Syrian hero in the eyes of many. He is following in the steps of Om Khaled Read about this wonderful Syrian woman.

My Mom A Syrian woman forges a new path for women

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Khaled and his mother

The Twitter Community showed a remarkable solidarity when Raed Fares, who had been Khaled’s mentor in those early days of the Revolution, posted a message on FaceBook from Kafranbel, Khaled’s hometown, demanding a visa for him to be treated in Germany.

It was like a small wave picked up in the Middle East on to Europe over the Maghreb crossing the Atlantic and on to the Pacific as Twitter was drowned in #VisaforKhaledIssa. #VisaforKhaledIssa #VisaforKhaledIssa

A memorable moment. It was thought Germany had refused the visa but in fact it was simply taking time. The visa came through – but too late.

Om Khaled was with her son in Turkey – her eldest child and only son – praying with him. A final whisper in his ear and Khaled quit this earthly world.

He was buried the next day in his hometown Kafranbel

May your soul rest in peace Khaled.

The Revolution goes on.

Goodbye Khaled Al Issa



No words could better describe how people, not just Syrians, felt about this brave team as expressed in Orient Express News 01 July 2016

Hadi al Abdullah and Khaled Al Issa captured the hearts of Syrians from its north to its south reporting the suffering of people living under the rubble.

My thanks to



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