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Swedish journalist reported detained by Syria

Published lördag 21 februari 2015 kl 15.39

There are reports that the journalist believed missing on the Syrian-Turkish border has been captured by Syrian government forces, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter writes in its online edition.

Dagens Nyheter says the information comes from Kurdish politicians, and has not been confirmed by the Swedish Foreign Ministry. The information comes from the Kurdish Syrian party PYD, and the Swedish-Kurdish author Kurdo Baksi says the Swede was detained in the city of Qamishli.

He tells the newspaper “I know him, and I am both sad and happy for his sake, I am glad that it isn’t the Islamic State that has captured him, but I am sad that he has been taken by the Syrian regime, just because he has been practicing journalism.”

According to the representative of the PYD in Sweden, Shiyar Ali, negotiations are underway with the Syrian government for the Swede’s release. He says the Swede is being well treated: “The Syrian government is careful with how they handle foreign journalists.”

Earlier Dagens Nyheter reported that it had received reports that the missing journalist was safe and had not been captured by IS, but was in an area that lacks cellphone and Internet access.

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