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How Syria’s citizen journalists upload their video

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 - 02:14

Mar. 1 - With independent media severely restricted in Syria, citizen journalists are trying to fill the void risking their lives to capture developments and upload videos to Internet. Nick Rowlands reports.

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This room in the Syrian town of Qusair near the Lebanese border houses a small group of Syria's activists-turned-citizen-journalists. With independent media facing increasing restrictions in reporting from the ground, international media organizations, have come to rely on such citizen journalists for information on developments in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CITIZEN JOURNALIST WHO GAVE HIS NAME AS MOHAMMAD SAYING: "My role is… I have friends who bring me the footage that they film, they risk their lives to film the moment of the strike of a shell and go to field hospitals to film the injured and the children. My role is to cut the footage and send it over the internet. Whatever we are able to send, ten seconds, twenty, thirty. Anything that we can send to the media so they can see what is happening." The footage filmed using mobile phones and amateur video cameras is uploaded to social media websites such as YouTube and Facebook. In addition to the dangers of undertaking the filming itself, the main difficulty is technological. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CITIZEN JOURNALIST WHO GAVE HIS NAME AS MOHAMMAD SAYING: "Bashar al-Assad didn't leave Internet or communications, he cut everything. We are trying our best to send but we are maybe sending three or five percent. Sometimes sending 20 seconds takes us two hours or three hours to upload." The Syrian government has allowed intermittent access to international media since the uprising began almost a year ago. But it's a dangerous assignment, and just last week foreign journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were killed during shelling in Homs after having been smuggled in to the flashpoint city. For now it seems likely that most of the footage of the Syrian uprising will continue - at least for the foreseeable future - to come from citizen journalist teams such as these. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

How Syria’s citizen journalists upload their video

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 - 02:14

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