Since the end of last year, we have faced circumstances beyond our control; circumstances that prevented us from publishing regularly as we used to do during the past ten years.
When we decided to overcome these circumstances and return to publishing, the catastrophic earthquake hit us.
Like many organisations from or with Syria or , SyriaUntold was directly affected by the earthquake. Many in our network of journalists, writers, and collaborators lost their homes, loved ones, and equipment, and therefore some of our projects were delayed.
For these reasons, we launched a donation campaign to support journalists (women and men) working in northern Syria and southern Turkey.
We involved friends, and friend organisations, and we were able to raise enough money to start supporting a first group of 25 journalists. Other initiatives are on the way, and we will keep you updated.
Today, the 15th of March 2023, after about six weeks after the disaster, marks the 12th anniversary of the Syrian revolution, and the 10th anniversary of SyriaUntold’s official launch.
During the last ten years, we have published thousands of articles, stories, analysis, investigations, and videos. We have maintained our independence with the aim of shedding light on stories, topics, and points of views that were not covered on other media platforms. We tried to present unheard voices and give visibility to marginalised groups and individuals.
During our ten years, we maintained our critical approach, and the need to listen to different voices, also trying to challenge our audience. We maintained a critical eye on all movements and authorities dominating Syria, without imposing any specific idea from above.
We invested in our own model of inclusive journalism, inviting film directors, writers, photographers, experts of gender issues, theatre critics, to directly organise and edit the voices of their respective fields, without imposing our editorial lines and views on them.
Today we return to publishing, with many changes in our plans and projects, that we discussed and prepared during the last months. We know the challenges ahead are still big, but we promise that we will try to preserve our principles, and to insist on our mission to develop independent journalism for Syria and the region. Always in the name of justice, freedom, dignity, and our professional values.