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To assist the Syrian population in accessing objective news produced by Syrians
To strengthen the role of the Syrian media in the production and broadcasting of reliable, balanced news
To train journalists to produce high-quality news with a view to the transition to democracy
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Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, citizen journalists and bloggers have worked hard to report on the situation in the country. As the only witnesses in a territory where the international press is banned and where information is manipulated by the various parties involved in the conflict, these media are up against violent repression.
Despite their brave determination, these journalists struggle to deliver reliable, high-quality information. Many do not have basic journalism training and had, at the beginning of the crisis in 2011, limited technical resources to produce or disseminate content. The biggest problem they face is the difficulty in travelling around the country to verify their information and bypassing censorship (power cuts, Internet control, FM signals under surveillance).
As the conflict has become more entrenched and in the face of a bloody repression, the peace movement has given way to armed conflict and an accentuation of tensions between communities. More than ever, free, independent media who represent all minorities are the key to national cohesion.
To support such media as they take on this challenge so crucial for the future of their country, and to work towards a democratic transition, CFI and its partners are helping to develop the professional skills of new Syrian media through the "media incubators" project.
Selected from known networks, for their experience but also in the interests of representation of minorities, the journalists can thus produce and disseminate quality information, develop their structure, and contribute to the emergence of a democratic alternative.
“This is a space which is secure, free and open to citizen journalists, all these producers of information who risk their lives every day filming, documenting what is happening. We have installed radio and television studios. They can come here to produce, edit their videos and sell them to international agencies or work for their own media.”
Nour Hemici, CFI project manager
"Citizen-journalists" without basic journalism credentials but who have, since the start of the conflict, acted as mouthpieces to provide information to the outside world
Radio presenters, videographers and film directors with knowledge of image and sound recording but lacking media experience
Independent journalists with experience in the areas of TV, radio and the written press
"Distributors" who, with scant means, strive to disseminate information
Special emphasis is placed on representation of all minority groups and inclusion of women.
1.Production of high-quality news
The project offers training sessions on the production of reliable, balanced news, ensuring the new media are aware of their role in building national cohesion.
Training and support focus on the following areas:
Physical security and cybersecurity
Support for the written press / online press / bloggers
Support for radio production
Support for video production
Death of a young journalist casts a shadow over the first training session within the Syrian Media Incubator
September 12, 2014
Aleppo, Thursday, 11 September, 2014: Mohammed Alqasim, 25, a Radio Rozana correspondent, was starting an interview with an important rebel commander when a rival group opened fire, simultaneously killing the commander and Mohammed.
Radio Rozana Journalists Training at the Syrian Media Incubator
December 5, 2014
From 5 to 15 December, fourteen young field journalists from Syria who work for Radio Rozana will be taking part in a training course focusing on producing news programmes for the radio and the Internet.
Syrian journalists mobilise for World Press Freedom Day
May 17, 2015
In April, with the support of CFI, the Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN) organised a training workshop on producing radio programmes. The resulting transmissions were then broadcast on World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2015.
Syrian journalists trained in mobile-phone film-making
June 5, 2015
In late May 2015, Syrian media incubator in Gaziantep (Turkey) played host to around a dozen Syrian citizen-journalists at a workshop aimed at drafting the screenplay for their films, which are to be shown in Syria at the Pixel Mobile Film Festival.
Expressions Syriennes: the Syrian media report in French about the day-to-day lives of the Syrian people
July 16, 2015
Ever since the start of the uprising led by a section of the Syrian population in March 2011, citizen-journalists and bloggers across the entire country have joined forces in a bid to provide accurate reports of the situation.
2.Dissemination of media production within the country
Since it is no longer possible to access traditional news communication networks within Syria (radio, TV or print), a media incubator has been set up in Gaziantep (Turkey), open to journalists, distributors and producers working for Syrian media.
Chosen for its easy accessibility from Aleppo, this is a place dedicated to reflection, training and exchanges. It also offers technical facilities (recording studio, computer equipment, cameras) and secure connections.
In parallel, the project aims to support the distribution of newspapers and radio broadcasting in Syria.
Watar: A Local Initiative for the Syrian Population
April 13, 2015
Since it was opened in the summer of 2014 by CFI, the Syrian Media Incubator, which is situated in the Turkish city of Gaziantep lying close to the Syrian border, has provided support and guidance to every Syrian media outlet seeking to report on the situation in Syria and promote peace in their country.
In June 2015,
Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF – Reporters Without Borders), CFI's partner under the Syrian media incubator scheme, headed up a mission to make connections for numerous media close to the Syrian border in Turkey more secure. We caught up with Jean‑Marc Bourguignon, who is RSF's lead on media security.
In mid-October 2015 the Syrian media incubator brought together 26 representatives from Syrian and international media organisations with the aim of discussing the place and role of the print media during times of conflict and difficult transitions and identifying solutions to the challenges they face.
3.Structuring of media organisations in the Syrian audiovisual industry
To deal with the situation created by the crisis, the new Syrian media need to become structured and organised.
Three conferences – attended by around 30 to 40 professionals – are held on two main themes:
The role and status of the media in building national cohesion,
Structuring media organisations and networks.
Syrian radio stations share their experiences
September 2, 2015
On 21 and 22 July 2015, 13 Syrian alternative radio stations and 9 radio stations from Arab countries in the region gathered in Gaziantep (Turkey) to take part in a joint reflective process and share editorial practices between radio stations operating in conflict or post-conflict situations or in difficult transitions.
Final appraisal of the Syrian Media Incubator project
July 11, 2016
After coming to an end on 30 April 2016, the Syrian Media Incubator project is now the subject of an independent final appraisal being carried out by the Belgian-based research centre Cota, which was chosen following an invitation to tender.