Webinar: Syrian exile media – then, now and ahead (new date)

(please note that the event has been rescheduled to 24 March)
Join IMS for a discussion on the lessons learned, challenges and not least opportunities in the future for Syrian independent exile media

The conversation will build on the recent IMS Briefing Paper “Syrian independent exile media”.

When: Wednesday 24 March, 13.00-14.30 (CET)

Where: the webinar will take place on Zoom. Registration is needed. Please click here to register.

Please note that the webinar will be recorded.

Since the 2011 uprising, a community of independent Syrian media organisations and institutions have emerged amid a war of unprecedented scope and complexity. The impacts of the war has forced the vast majority of the independent media organisations and institutions to leave Syria.

The sector embodies invaluable democratic and professional capital: The alternative and independent media sector now operating in exile has the potential to contribute to peace and reconciliation, accountability and transparency during Syria’s post-war period. However, without the right support, the Syrian independent exile media face an uncertain future.

In this webinar, experts researchers (and co-authors of IMS Briefing Paper “Syrian independent exile media”) and Syrian media professionals will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the country’s independent exile media as well as the important learning points that could be relevant to exile media all over the world.

Meet the speakers

Moderator: Mustafa Haid, Senior advisor for IMS Syria program

Biljana Tatomir is an international media development professional with over 25 years’ experience of international professional involvement in senior positions in OSF, IMS and UNESCO. Her thematic expertise encompasses issues pertaining media development in the context of democratic transition, conflict, post-conflict, closed societies, and fragile states. She has been working in the MENA region since 2004. Since 2017, she focuses on research, studies and assessments as a senior consultant. 

Enrico De Angelis is a researcher specializing in Arab media. His PhD thesis focuses on journalism in Syria before 2011 and until 2016 conducted research on the ground in Syria and Egypt on journalism and the networked public sphere. He currently works as a freelancer consultant for organizations such as Free Press Unlimited, International Media Support, Deutsche Welle, and others. He is a co-founder of the media project SyriaUntold and coordinates the Italian page of the French platform OrientXXI. 

Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach is a Belarus-born media developer and editor who has spent last 15 years working on various media-related issues in Europe.  Her research interest lies in democracy transition and regulations for media as well as in the phenomenon of exiled media globally. She currently works as a lead of Eurasia team at Free Press Unlimited. 

The group of speakers will also include two media professionals who work within IMS partner Syrian exile media organisations al-Jumhurria and Radio Rozana.


It will be possible to ask questions during the webinar, but if you already now have questions or comments on the subject, please send to Rune Friberg Lyme, IMS Syria Programme Manager no later than Monday 22 March.