Reuters correspondent Suleiman al-Khalidi, a Jordanian based in Amman, has reportedly been detained by Syrian authorities, and Reuters photographer Khaled al-Hariri, a Syrian based in Damascus, has not been in contact with colleagues since Monday. Thomson Reuters is urging Syrian authorities to ensure the journalists’ “safe and timely release.” A Syrian official said authorities “were working to establish what had happened to the two men.”
Both journalists have worked at Reuters for more than twenty years. Their disappearance follows the detention in Syria of two other Reuters journalists, television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji, who were held for two days before being released by Syrian authorities on Monday and expelled to Lebanon. The journalists were covering the past two weeks of protests in Syria that have posed challenges to President Bashar al-Assad’s eleven-year reign.