Najati Tayara is a leading Syrian writer and editor. Prior to the Syrian Revolution, Tayara worked with several human rights organizations as an editor and writer. As a result of his work, he experienced constant harassment, and his magazine Tayyarat was closed down.
In May 2011 Najati Tayara was arrested in the city of Homs after he gave a telephone interview for Aljazeera TV on the crackdown by Syrian forces on peaceful protesters in Homs. He was released in January 2012, after severe pressure from the international community, and has since lived in illegal exile because of the risks of returning to Syria.
His residence in Paris will allow him to continue his activities in a safe environment.
Najati Tayara’ Work
Tayara co-wrote the book Political Parties and National Arab Movements, published in Damascus 1997. Other publications include A portrait of a Renaissance Pioneer, published by the Al Tanweer publishing house in Damascus in 2001. He has also published numerous articles and essays in various Arabic newspapers and was editor of the Al-Marsad magazine, published by the now banned Syrian Association for Human Rights.
Tayaras first public appearance after his arrival in Paris was at WRITING FREEDOM in Cracow in May, the joint ICORN Network Meeting and PEN International WiPC Conference.
Paris - City of Refuge
The City of Paris joined ICORN in January 2011 and has since hosted the renowned Iranian Cartoonist Mana Neyestani. The Municipality of Paris is the official ICORN host, partnered by among others Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris Biblilothèques, Reporters Sans Frontières and Maison des Journalistes.