The Syrian media incubator

The Syrian media incubator
The Syrian media incubator


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

Project beneficiaries

  • "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.

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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
  • Psychological support
  • Ethical journalism
  • Support for the written press / online press / bloggers
  • Support for radio production
  • Support for video production
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