Syria: Video artists receive threats for ridiculing ISIS

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Their films have brought hate mail and threats via social media. Young refugees risk their lives by mocking Islamic State in series of films, as satirising the extremists grows in popularity across the Middle East, reported The Guardian on 12 March 2015.

“One of them said that they would finish us off like they finished off Charlie [Hebdo],” Brown, 26, recalls. She declined to give her real name out of fear for her family, who still live in Aleppo. “In the end we decided to move from our old apartment.”

The Turkish landlord told them Arabic-speaking men had repeatedly asked for their whereabouts after they left, and kept the studio under surveillance.

“He was really scared,” says Helali. “He told us never to contact him again, and never to come back to his house. We are very lucky that we were not in the apartment when the Isis men came.”


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» The Guardian – 12 March 2015:
Laughing at Isis: Syrian video artists go beyond fear to ridicule jihadis
Young refugees risk their lives by mocking Islamic State in a series of films, as satirising the extremists grows in popularity across the Middle East

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