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Friday, May 19 • 15:00 - 16:00
When Journalists Seek Refuge (Focus on Syria)

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Hundreds of journalists have been forced into exile, escaping war, destruction, attacks and death threats; many of them choose Germany as their second home. Exiled from their homelands they face numerous obstacles (bureaucracy, language barriers, lack of social capital, cultural differences, unemployment, etc.) How can exiled journalists contribute to the news and serve the public good? Couldn't they contribute better insights into certain topics, especially with reporting on stories from their countries of origin?

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Yahya Alaous

Syrian Journalist
Based in Berlin since April 2015, Syrian journalist and columnist Yahya Alaous spent two years in prison (2002-04) after writing critical articles on human rights and corruption in Syria. From 2004-12, he was editor-in-chief of the online magazine Thara, which focuses on women's ... Read More →
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Mazen Darwish

President, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
Mazen Darwish is a prominent Syrian lawyer and human rights defender who has advocated for media freedom in his country for more than 10 years. He was released from prison in August 2015 after spending nearly three-and-a-half of those years behind bars on spurious terrorism charges. Darwish is the founding president of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), formed in 2004 to protect media freedom and support... Read More →
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Yasmine Merei

Syrian Journalist and Human Rights Activist
Syrian journalist and human rights activist Yasmine Merei fled Syria in 2012, settling first in Lebanon and later Turkey. From 2013-16, she was managing editor of the Syrian women’s magazine Saiedet Souria, working out of Gaziantep (Turkey), Los Angeles and Berlin. She is co-founder of the Forum of Knowledge and Freedom of Expression, a discussion and debate forum on the political situation in Syria. In her work, Merei focuses on sensitive topics in Syrian and Arab... Read More →
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Ines Pohl

Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Welle
Ines Pohl joined Deutsche Welle (DW) in 2015, first working at the international broadcaster’s bureau in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Die Tageszeitung for six years. Under her leadership, the national daily newspaper launched a new weekend edition and restructured its... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 15:00 - 16:00
House of the Patriotic Society (*Reimarus Room)

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