Syrian webcaster weathers government ban, hackers to keep stream online

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Jul 31 2013 - 11:25am

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An exiled Syrian living in Jordan is bringing hope and inspiration to his war-torn country with his Internet radio station.

Baladna FM (it means "our country") was founded by 35-year-old Monis Bukhari, and is based in Amman. Bukhari assembles content from more than 100 volunteer reporters in Syria, Amman, and Amsterdam listeners in Syria.

The reporting isn't focused on hard news. It more about the struggles of daily life for Syrians, how people survive and cope in a country broken apart by civil war. And unlike other media in Syria, Baladna regularly deals with women's rights and issues.

Adding to the station's challenges is the fact that its banned by the Syrian government, and is regularly subject to hacking attacks by supporters of Syria's government. Even so, up to ten-thousand listeners, mainly in Syria and Saudi Arabia, access the station daily.

Deutshe Welle has more here, and Re:publica 13 here.

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