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Kurdish journalists use IS media strategy to their advantage

Kurdish journalists are trying to counter Islamic State propaganda by showing the world the horrors that the group has committed.
Photographers and members of the media watch the Syrian town of Kobani from atop a hill on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 15, 2014. American-led forces sharply intensified air strikes against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border on Monday and Tuesday after the jihadists' advance began to destabilise Turkey.   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (TURKEY  - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS)   - RTR4A8TR
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Before the revolution, the Kurdish media in Syria were at the service of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and private ownership of media outlets was forbidden. There was no freedom of expression in the mainstream media. As a result, journalists, oppositionists and intellectuals created publications to express their different opinions and inclinations.

Following the Arab Spring, and after Western media outlets helped unveil what was really going on and spread the news, social media pages were the best source of information on current events.

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