Launch of Alchemiya: A dose of positivity in dark times

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photo: Alchemiya

A new media start-up seeks to counter the warped portrayal of Islam. The digital television channel Alchemiya intends to showcase only positive content. Sounds a bit cheesy? Perhaps it is, says Jannis Hagmann, but it just might be a smart business idea and one that will catch on.

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„Western journalists tend to treat locals as assistants“

Seasoned reporter Lara Setrakian quit a coverted job as a Middle East correspondent to co-found the online news site, Syria Deeply. The portal is dedicated to a single topic – the conflict in Syria – and has an innovative approach to news gathering. It serves as a landing page for pertinent news on the conflict, combining original reporting from the field with aggregated material. It also includes a plethora of digital storytelling tools from interactive maps and timelines to SoundCloud commentary and tweets.

Read the interview on Deutsche Welle’s „onMedia“ →

Interview with Syrian web activist Monis Bukhari: „Never save any data on your own hard drive“

revolutionMonis, you are a Syrian online activist. Tech-savvy as you are, you know how to protect yourself. Why did you still have to leave your country?

There was a spy in my activist group. I had reported some information to the Los Angeles Times and sent them photos and video footage about what happened in Damascus. That spy actually lived in the same house, an activist house in Damascus. He reported everything about me and my friends to the security forces. They wanted to catch me in order to kill me. (Photo: Khalid Albaih)

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Mitten in der Erwachsenenwelt

SAUDI-ARABIEN „Wadjda“ ist der erste saudische Spielfilm, bei dem eine Frau Regie führte. Trotz Unterstützung aus der Königsfamilie konnte das saudisch-deutsche Filmteam nur unter schwierigen Bedingungen filmen. Doch herausgekommen ist eine rührende Geschichte – und eine differenzierte Kritik an der saudischen Gesellschaft.
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