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On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) launched a ground-breaking report on the state of the media in Syria, presented during a special webinar on Tuesday, 5 May 2020.

Yara Bader, Head of Media and Freedoms Department, SCM (moderator)
Enrico De Angelis, independent media researcher, Free Press Unlimited
Riad Muasses, Head of the Arabic service, Euronews
Yazan Badran, Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Panellists analysed the Syrian media landscape and current conditions under which the media operate, as well as the political environment, media development and legal framework for media operating in the country. The panellists also discussed the effects of institutional and administrative unstable political and military conditions on these institutions and the importance of accompanying democratic reform with the liberation of the media from state control, as the concepts of democracy, transparency and pluralism cannot be separated from freedom of the press.

“Mapping the Syrian Media: An evaluation for the active emerging outlets and institutions after 2011” available here.



SCM is an institutional IPI member.