Coming to an airwave near you: the Syrian rebel radio station

Published April 8th, 2013 - 04:00 GMT
The new radio station will be broadcasting from Istanbul into the Syrian airwaves.
The new radio station will be broadcasting from Istanbul into the Syrian airwaves.

A radio station funded by opposition Syrian NGOs and established by Syrian youths has officially launched from Istanbul three months after the experimental broadcast phase, BBC Arabic reported on Friday.

The ”Al-Kol” radio station (meaning ‘everyone’ in Arabic) records its programs in Istanbul but these programs are broadcast in the Syrian cities of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Damascus and its suburbs by activists inside Syria.

Jamil Taha, the radio’s executive director, told BBC Arabic that activists who broadcast the station’s program work amid threatening circumstances as they face the possibilities of being shelling by regime troops that identify the broadcast signal.

On why the station was dubbed “Al-Kol,” he said the aim is to reflect that everyone at the station works towards one goal, that is reaching all Syrians.

He also said that some of those who work at the radio station used to work at the Syrian state television and radio station, adding that security reasons prevent workers from revealing their names.

A female who worked for the Syrian television goes by the name Knour because her family members are currently under the regime’s detention.

Mohammad Baroud however goes by his real name. He presented the first newscast at “Al-Kol.”


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