18 Jun '11, 9am

Young Syrians brave regime's wrath to report repression

GUVECCI (Turkey) - YOUNG Syrian activists have taken on a mission to inform the world about bloody repression in their country, defying the regime's restrictions on the media and risking their lives. In a makeshift 'media centre', confined to a tiny room at a secret location near the Turkish-Syrian border, dissidents gather pictures and footage posted by protesters across Syria, and then publish them online. A television set, a printer, four laptops, several mobile phones and an Internet connection is all they have, along with their courage. They have learned by experience that recording the turmoil in a country where journalists are not allowed to circulate freely could be a fatal act of defiance. Hussein, one of the activists at centre, saw his brother shot dead while filming a protest. The bloody episode, he says, has only stoked his determination to fight on. The secur...

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