Stories about Syria

13 December 2013

Non-Violent Activist Razan Zaitouneh Kidnapped in Syria

Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.

2 December 2013

Syrian Activists: Crimes Against Media Workers Must Stop

Media organizations in Syria speak out against the increasing harassment of journalists by jihadist groups in the country.

20 September 2013

The End of Silence in Syria: Interview with Syria Untold

Leila Nachawati talks with Advox about Syria Untold, a new project that is bringing together artists, activists, and journalists engaged in creative, non-violent resistance to the Assad regime.

23 May 2013

14-year-old Citizen Journalist Killed Covering Clashes in Syria

Omar Qatifaan, a 14-year-old media activist, was killed while covering clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in the southern Daraa al-Ballad area of Syria near the border with Jordan.

9 April 2013

SecDev Foundation to Monitor Syria’s Digital Security

SecDev Foundation is launching the Syria Digital Security Monitor, a site that maps and visualizes reports of disruption to critical infrastructure in Syria including internet, telecommunication, electricity and water, and reports on cyber threats.

15 March 2013

#FreeBassel: One Year Later, Syrian Netizen Remains in Prison

One year ago today, Syrian web developer and open technology advocate Bassel Khartabil was arrested and incarcerated in Damascus, where he has remained ever since. Known among open technology advocates as Bassel Safadi, the 31-year-old served as the Creative Commons lead for Syria. Global Voices Advocacy urges readers to support the campaign for his release by visiting the #freebassel website, tweeting about Bassel's case, or attending an event in his honor.

26 January 2013

Video Advocacy Races Forward: 2012’s Dangers & 2013’s Solutions

Video is increasingly at the nexus of opportunity and danger for human rights activists. Video helps activists to document, confront, circumvent, and lobby against oppressive authorities—but it also allows those authorities to stalk them. Here's what we think will happen in 2013.

19 December 2012

#FastforBassel: Campaign Launched for Syrian Netizen Facing Military Trial

Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, is on military trial in Syria, where he is denied a lawyer. The open source software engineer and Creative Commons volunteer has been in jail since March. Supporters around the world have just launched a #FastforBassel campaign on Twitter to raise awareness about his case.

18 December 2012

Free Bassel: Netizen Under Serious Threat

Bassel Khartabil Safadi, a Syrian open source developer and pro-democracy activist, has completed 9 months in jail. His friends and family fear for his life as he is being prosecuted by a military court.

12 December 2012

Global Voices Where Every Voice Counts

The idea that every voice counts is one that is very close to the notion of Global Voices as a platform and as a community. As netizens unite to have their voices heard when the world's authorities argue on who should run the internet, we decided to ask our diverse community to participate and speak out on issues that matter to them and look back at issues we have covered over the year bearing in mind that every voice counts.