Citizen journalism in Syria

The videos coming out of Syria from citizen journalists are so powerful that the people taking the pictures are being killed. Today, we introduce you to one man forced to flee for his work. He is now holed up in Cairo mentoring a new breed of rebels who are fighting Syrian official violence with smuggled video.



Part Three of The Current

Whitehorse Town Hall Promo

Next week, we'll be in Whitehorse for a special edition of The Current... a town hall discussion we're calling Fathers Without Fathers: Aboriginal Men In Canada.

Statistically Aboriginal children are far more likely to be living with one parent, their mother, than other Canadian kids. It's a story that seems to have its origins in the residential school system and that continues today, nurtured in prisons and on reserves. We'll take a look at the role of aboriginal fathers in their children's lives, why some have been absent or called invisible and what that's meant in the lives of their kids and communities.

We'll also focus on the people making a difference - the Game Changers quietly helping to change the lives of aboriginal fathers and their children. You can tune in to the show next week.

And if you happen to be in Whitehorse, please join us in the audience. Details are on our website.

Citizen journalism in Syria - Rami Jarrah

We're turning to the protests in Syria, as you know they erupted last year and continue. We aired an a clip from an early report on a Damascus protest that turned incomprehensibly violent.

One of Syria's best known citizen journalists is a man who called himself Alexander Page. His reports and videos kept the world informed of the Syrian crackdown. But then he found out someone had informed on him. His real name is Rami Jarrah. He is a 28 year old Syrian businessman.

When he discovered the Syrian authorities also knew his real identity, he was forced to leave the country quickly with his wife and daughter. But he continues to work from afar with citizen journalists in his country, who are desperate to tell the world the story of what is happening. Rami Jarrah joined us from Cairo.

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Last Word - Tsunami Debris Promo

Tomorrow on The Current, the tsunami that swept away much of the east coast of Japan last March was catastrophic on so many levels: so many lives lost, so much destruction, so much environmental damage. On today's Last word, The Current's producer Liz Hoath has this preview of what the tsunami may now be bringing to Canada.


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