Massoud Hamid

Massoud Hamid is a Kurdish Syrian journalism student. He took photographs of a pro-Kurdish event.


Hamid received a three-year prison sentence. Hamid was held in solitary confinement in Adra Prison for one year from 2003–04 before he was allowed monthly visits, and Human Rights Watch said that interrogators reportedly tortured him and beat him with a studded whip on the bottom of his feet.[1] His room was 2 by 0.85 metres (6 ft 7 in × 2 ft 9 in), largely filled by a toilet.[2]

He received the 2005 cyberfreedom prize from Reporters Without Borders.[3]


  1. ^ Zarwan, Elijah (2005). Human Rights Watch False Freedom Online Censorship in the Middle East and North Africa. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  2. ^ (Organization), Human Rights Watch (2009). Far from justice: Syria's Supreme State Security Court. ISBN 9781564324344. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  3. ^ "Massoud Hamid is awarded the 2005 cyberfreedom prize".