Syrian journalists cover civil war at home from Jordan exile
Aug.4, Amman: From a small office in Jordan's capital, two dozen Syrians and Americans talk daily by Skype with activists and civilians on both sides of the conflict in neighboring Syria to get a unique perspective on the civil war and the scope of the suffering.
The setup of Syria Direct, a U.S.-funded nonprofit group, is similar to that of news organizations that cover the conflict largely from a distance because on-the-ground reporting in Syria is either restricted or deemed too dangerous.
Yet Syria Direct also has a goal beyond reporting — it wants to influence decision-makers.
In the group's Amman office, two dozen Syrian and American journalists, translators and trainees met in small groups on a recent morning to discuss story ideas, the Associated Press reported.
Two or three pitches are usually pursued per day, with Syrian journalists tapping into their network of sources to gather information.
Stories reported and written by the Syrian journalists in Arabic are translated to English, then fact-checked and edited before being translated back to Arabic.
A recent story reported on the rise of miscarriages in rebel-held Madaya, one of four Syrian towns where the U.N. says over 62,000 people are besieged in rapidly deteriorating conditions. As part of the story, Syria Direct interviewed a Madaya woman who said she suffered a miscarriage after U.N. food aid stopped coming.
The Oslo Times International News Network