New foreign-backed Syria radio vows 'free and independent' voice

PARIS- A European-backed Syrian radio station launched in Paris on Wednesday vowing to be a "free and independent" voice in reporting on the country's conflict.
Radio Rozana, supported by European governments and rights groups, will see five Paris-based journalists work with 30 correspondents across Syria to counter what critics say is the one-sided reporting of the country's state media.

"The goal is to give Syrians a voice inside the country and to support those who are suffering every day," the station's editor-in-chief Lina Chawaf told reporters in Paris.
"We will cover the news, but with a focus on social and humanitarian aspects," she said. "We hope we are up to it, because Syria really needs independent and professional media."
Radio Rozana -- whose name in Arabic means "the window that lets the light in" -- will transmit three hours of programmes by satellite into the country every afternoon, with the loop repeated the next morning.
The transmissions are being backed by publicly funded Radio Netherlands, with other support coming from rights groups like Reporters Without Borders and the governments of Denmark and France.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

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