Syrian activist and journalist, Naji Jerf, who made anti-Islamic State (Isis) documentaries was assassinated in Turkey on 27 December. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, the media group for which he recently directed a film of the same name, announced that the father-of-two was allegedly murdered in the city of Gazientep.
"Our movie director Naji Jerf, father of 2 kids, was assassinated by suppressor gun today in Gaziantep," the group that campaigns against IS (Daesh) and the Bashar al-Assad regime said on Twitter.
Jerf is believed to have been killed by IS militants.
— الرقة تذبح بصمت (@Raqqa_SL) December 27, 2015
coming soon Documentary film " Raqqa is being slaughtered silently " Produced by : RBSS Directed by : Naji Jerf pic.twitter.com/54ddWLYN85
— Mohammad Abo Al-yman (@yman_mohammad) September 29, 2015
He was the chief editor at Syria's Hentah publication and was scheduled to leave for France this week along with his family as their visa for asylum had arrived, a friend told AFP.
The Syrian network for human rights said that Jerf, 38, died after being shot by unidentified gunmen outside of a local restaurant. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
— Syrian Network (@snhr) December 27, 2015
Twitter was flooded with support for the slain journalist. Users posted emotional eulogies of him and calling his murder in day light "horrifying".
"Naji Jerf was a vocal critic of both ISIS & the Assad regime. He was also father to two beautiful little girls," wrote Middle East reporter for The Daily Telegraph, Louisa Loveluck, posting Jerf's images along with his daughters.
Another user questioned Turkey's seriousness towards IS as Jerf was assassinated in the country. Below are some tweets from supports:
— Kenan كنان (@KenanRahmani) December 27, 2015
— Ergin Kocyildirim (@kocyildirim) December 28, 2015
— paolo ignazio marong (@paoloigna1) December 27, 2015
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) December 27, 2015
The greatest threat to Assad & ISIS is those who are opposed to both of them. RIP Naji Jerf.
— Brooklyn Middleton (@BklynMiddleton) December 27, 2015