Female Journalist Risks Prison—Or Worse—to Report on Syria’s Civil War

   •    May 8, 2015

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Chloe Fairweather

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This month’s Elle magazine features a profile of one of our 2015 colloquium participants, a citizen journalist from Syria. As cofounder of the underground newspaper Enab Baladi, Kholoud Waleed (a pseudonym) reports on the horrors perpetrated by all sides of her country’s civil war. When three of the newspaper’s editors were killed and others detained, she was forced to flee the country.

More than half of Enab Baladi’s staff are women; all of them are hiding inside Syria or are refugees in neighboring countries. Kholoud and others continue to report from wherever they are—largely over Facebook—using what little internet access they can find.

In spite of deadly risk, these brave women provide a rare, but critical, news source for civilians both inside and outside of the country.

Read the article on Elle.com.

Watch a video about Kholoud and Enab Baladi:

GRAPES OF MY COUNTRY – REPORTING FROM INSIDE SYRIA from Chloe Fairweather on Vimeo.

 

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