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Independent Syrian radio goes on air from Paris

A new radio station, Radio Rozana, run by Syrian journalists, is now broadcasting online in Arabic language at

The station aims to fill the information gap by channelling content from professional local journalists located across the country in every governorate and provide Syrians inside and outside the country with independent and reliable information.

“In the ongoing Syrian conflict there is a massive need for independent, professional journalism to keep citizens and refugees informed about political, social and humanitarian developments in the country to contribute to the development of a free and democratic society in Syria,” says Lina Chawaf, Programme Manager at Radio Rozana.

“Radio Rozana seeks to meet this need by covering the daily life in the shadow of the conflict by giving a voice to civilians caught in it, and through critical analyses free from political, religious or other types of bias,” she adds.

Radio Rozana launched on 26 June as a joint initiative between Syrian journalists inside and outside the country. The daily two-hour broadcasts in Arabic consist of news and analysis, talkshows, reportages, live-reporting, and debates with people inside and outside Syria.

Radio Rozana is staffed by 30 Syrian journalists on the ground and five in Paris, and will broadcast by internet and later by satellite.

Radio Rozana is supported by: Canal France International, Fédération internationale des ligues de droits de l’homme, International Media Support (IMS), Radio Netherlands and Reporters sans frontières.