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The challenges of covering Syria

Italian freelance journalist Andrea Glioti has covered Syria since the uprising began three years ago, dodging danger and border controls to get the story out.
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BEIRUT — Reporting from Syria has become an ordeal of illegal border crossings, where journalists face all sorts of restrictions from both the Syrian government and neighboring countries.

I started covering Syria from Damascus at the very beginning of the uprising in March 2011. I didn't apply for a press visa, as it would have just meant further restrictions on my movements by security forces. During my five-month stay, I reported on demonstrations, circumventing the regime's checkpoints, driven around by an aging taxi driver sympathetic to the opposition.

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