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Mazen Darwish

Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
Founder and President
Berlin, Germany / Syria

Mazen Darwish is a prominent Syrian lawyer and human rights defender who has advocated for media freedom in his country for more than 10 years. He was released from prison in August 2015 after spending nearly three-and-a-half of those years behind bars on spurious terrorism charges. Darwish is the founding president of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), formed in 2004 to protect media freedom and support journalists’ rights. He served as editor of Mashed al-Suri (syriaview.net), an independent news website that SCM operated until it was blocked by Syrian authorities in 2006. Darwish was named one of IPI’s World Press Freedom Heroes in 2015.

*Mazen Darwish is an  IPI member.