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Syrian journalists in Idlib face crackdown from jihadist-affiliated government

The government affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Syria has decreed that journalists can’t work in their areas of control without a permit.
Syrian pro-regime fighters and journalists enter the courtyard of the museum of Maaret al-Numan in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on January 30, 2020. - Maaret al-Numan is nestled in a UNESCO-listed region of ancient villages and its mosaics museum had achieved international renown.
The museum, housed in an Ottoman-era caravanserai, was seriously damaged in a government barrel bomb attack in 2015. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP) (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA/AFP via Getty Images)

In November 2017, the Syrian Salvation Government (SSG) was created as a de facto alternative to the Syrian opposition-led interim government, to start a new phase in the areas outside the control of the Syrian regime in northwestern Syria.

The SSG is known for being under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a radical Islamist group that is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States.

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