Citizen journalists defy threats of violence to replace harassed local reporters and banned foreign media with web technology.
This article titled “Syria’s young cyber activists keep protests in view” was written by Hugh Macleod and a correspondent in Damascus, for The Guardian on Friday 15th April 2011 16.07 UTC
He’s got sim cards and pseudonyms, cigarettes and light fingers that dance across the touchpad in a mad ballet of digital information sharing. “Now I’m receiving reports of four people killed in Deraa. They opened fire there now,” says Rami Nakhle.
Staring down at his laptop, Nakhle reconnects, for the eighth time that afternoon, a Skype call to a protester in Banias, a port on Syria’s western Mediterranean coast. “Now I will tell demonstrators in Banias there are four killed in Deraa,” he says, sucking back on a cigarette.