Syria Direct

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Syria Direct is a not-for-profit news organization based in Jordan. It was started in 2013 by television news producer Amjad Tadros and the Global Peace and Development Charitable Trust. Syria Direct reports on the conflict in neighboring Syria, because reporting from Syria is either restricted or too dangerous.[1]

Syria Direct publishes news reports, interviews, photographs, and videos from inside Syria. They also publish a newsletter. They do not accept advertising. Their operations are funded by the Global Peace & Development Charitable Trust.[2]

Syria Direct is published in English and Arabic. The articles are for readers who are already knowledgeable about Syria but want more detailed information.[3] Syria Direct employs about 24 Syrians and Americans who talk to Syrian activists and civilians on both sides of the conflict every day by Skype. Syrian journalists write the stories in Arabic. The stories are translated to English, fact-checked and edited, then translated back to Arabic. Their website receives about 50,000 page views every month. Their Facebook page has 77,000 followers.[1] Thousands of people follow their Twitter account.[4]

Syria Direct also has a training program for journalists from Syria. In the past, the training program has received funding from the US Embassy Amman's Public Affairs Section, the Syria office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organization, and the Canadian Embassy in Amman.[5] Every six months they train twelve new Syrian journalists. The trainees' stories have been published in USA Today,, Radio Free Europe, and international new organizations like Le Monde and The Toronto Globe and Mail.[4] As of September 2016, they had trained 70 new journalists.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Syrian journalists cover civil war at home from Jordan exile".
  2. "Syria Direct - GPD Charitable Trust".
  3. "Conoce Syria Direct, un equipo de periodistas que cubre Siria desde el exilio".
  4. 4.0 4.1 John DeBlasio (19 January 2016). "GPD Charitable Trust Annual Report 2015".
  5. "About Us - Syria Direct". 9 March 2017.
  6. "Jordanian journalist wins Emmy award for CBS Syria documentary".

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