Muhammad Sa’eed al-Khateeb


Muhammad Sa’eed hails from the Misqaan, near Tal Rifaat in rural Aleppo. Muhammad was the first journalist of Aleppo and its countryside to report with his real name and not a pseudonym. During the early days of the revolution, Muhammad was in his third year of English language at the University of Aleppo.

Prior to the revolution, he was fond of journalism and dreamed of studying at the Faculty of Media. Muhammad Saeed was a bold libertarian, inclined towards emancipation from the slavery of the Ba’ath regime. He was known for his anti-regime position even before the revolution, refusing to join the Baath Party, which is rare among university students.

When the revolution began in Dara’a, Saeed organized and participated in the peaceful demonstrations from Aleppo and its university. He documented the violence of the shabiha detaining and shooting live bullets at unarmed men, women, and children. Because of this, he was pursued by security services and pushed to leave his university and move to his hometown to broadcast peaceful demonstrations from the countryside of Aleppo. He was one of the first activists of the peaceful revolution who started to convey the reality of everyday life for Syrians and their revolutionary ambitions. Muhammad had something that distinguished him even among other brave journalists– he fearlessly used his real name and identity.

In addition to filming peaceful demonstrations and reporting on media platforms, Muhammad created sketches, clips, and episodes of the series “This is What Happened to Us”, or “هيك صار معنا.” This content simplified and explained the reality of the Syrian people, how their demands for basic rights were met with cruelty and violence, and how far they are from hatred and sectarianism.

Muhammad also participated in training many Aleppo activists on the live broadcast of demonstrations despite the lack of capabilities at the beginning of the revolution. 

For three years of the revolution, he documented dozens of population massacres by the Assad regime, the Iranians forces, and other allied militias, and battles of the Free Syrian Army.

He officially worked as a journalist with Al-Arabiya and Orient channels and did interviews on Al-Jazeera as a member of the Syrian Revolution General Committee. Muhammad spoke against all forms of injustice, and he worked openly against the regime and extremism brought by ISIS and its branches.

This cost him several attempts of kidnapping by ISIS. On October 31, 2013, the morning of his wedding, Muhammad was at the barber shop. He was assassinated by ISIS then and there, in the most cowardly manner.

Just a few days before his martyrdom, Muhammad openly said: 

“If I cannot say the word of truth toward the oppressor, whoever it is, I have no life.”


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