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June 19, 2011

The story of youtube videos from Syria: The Turkish connection

June 19, 2011

June 19, 2011

It is all adding up now, the border connection is clear. Using mobile phones, internet access through probably a USB key. This is related to earlier reports on the regime's efforts to stop the establishment of a border safe-haven for the rebels. Very interesting piece in the NYT today:

"Many of those videos stream through this bare-bones media center in a hillside olive grove near the border with Turkey, where a group of a dozen revolutionaries-turned-refugees work, eat and sleep. “We try to capture all the crimes committed by the government to show to the global media,” said Mr. Saeb, 34, who fled here last week after security forces attacked his hometown, Jisr al-Shoughour. They also recorded the testimonies of six army officers who had recently defected and fled for the border."
He and the others then moved to the border zone. Here, people are as likely to speak Turkish as Arabic, and cellphones are as likely to pick up a signal from Turkcell as from Syriatel, a telecom giant owned until recently by a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, which cut off mobile Internet 3G service here weeks ago".
Mr. Saeb fled last weekend’s military operation against Jisr al-Shoughour. Muhammad, 27, who did not want to be fully identified for fear of arrest, has been on the run for several weeks, since fleeing the port city of Latakia and abandoning his job as a cameraman and technician for the state television network. The job left him angry but equipped him with the skills for media activism.


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