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The 11 Rules for Journalists Reportedly Issued by the Islamic State


"swear allegiance to the Caliph"

This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jet following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday. (AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)

The website Syria Deeply has published 11 guidelines for journalists allegedly from the Islamic State terror group.

The reported guidelines were meant for those working in Deir Ezzor, Syria.

The Huffington Post breaks it down:

The 11 concrete rules, all said to be non-negotiable, were established directly by ISIS for any journalists "who wish to continue working in the governorate."

Among the conditions, no journalist is to publish any piece of work without first turning to the ISIS media office and all work is to be completely supervised by ISIS. Journalists in the region are considered "subject of the Islamic State" and thus must "swear allegiance to the Caliph [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi," the rules also state.

The journalists were also given permission to work with international news agencies like Reuters, the Associated Press and the Agence France-Presse, but are prohibited from collaborating with any international or local satellite TV channel.

Syria Deeply published the words of one "media activist" who allegedly fled the country after the guidelines were issued.

"The harassment of activists aims to push them to stop reporting on the repressive rule that [ISIS] is trying to impose in its areas," he reportedly wrote on his Facebook page. "Because activists were exposing these practices, it quickly made them the number one enemy of ISIS, which tried to shut them down at any cost, similar to what the Assad regime did at the beginning of the revolution. It had focused on shutting them down because of the kind of work they do that exposes the crimes [Assad] committed against the Syrian people."

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