The “Syrian Alternative Media” Independence Amid the Political Dependence

Osman Ali: A researcher at Al-Furat Center for Studies

Al-Furat Center for Studies-Translation Department

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The intensity of societal divisiveness increases, and the public becomes the weakest link in the political game in the experiences of wars and conflicts; this process is like hypnosis. In which the convictions of a large segment of society changes, and attitudes and behaviors are being crystallized based on the agendas of those in charge of public communication. Where the state of political transition and chaos is used to turn the public opinion into private property, and mislead it by injecting it with a dose of interrelated and oriented political, social and religious concepts, which often has an impact on its intellectual structure, affiliations, tendencies and ideas.

Therefore, the owners of these outlets will not find better than the exploitation of news outlets and its related tools, such as the most appropriate (emerging) soft war tools in terms of impact and acceptance, in order to achieve current goals or strategic goals with (political, cultural and religious) dimensions .

After 10 years of the Syrian war, we can see what was previously presented. However, many alternative Syrian media outlets its media identity was absent and the function of belonging to the society demands, its media sovereignty was stripped from an independence, and loyalty was limited to the official sponsor and sponsor of the television, radio, agency, and newspaper.

And from here; these emerging means did not translate the generosity of money offered to them from all sides into a professional media heritage that serves the demands of the Syrian street, and they were unable to take clear steps towards achieving justice and transparency, and social and moral responsibility. On the contrary, many of them have slipped into the abyss of dependence and political rivalry, and turned, with its cross-cutting media tools, into a cyberspace that attracts political tensions, which paves the way to an unpredictable reality, in which the identity affiliations, thought and belief are being fragmented.

The frameworks of the study

The study will be divided into four main frameworks.

Firstly: The Methodological Framework consists of (methodological procedures and the concepts of the study).

Secondly: The Theoretical Framework is divided into three main axes: impact media theories, media independence, and the experience of the Syrian Alternative media.

Thirdly: Analytical Framework, which includes analysis and interpretation of two main aspects, namely: (the news map, which includes. The geographical distribution of alternative media and the identity of the alternative media and the independence of the alternative media in light of the political dependency, media framing and stereotyping of identity), (2- Political dependency and its essence: political dependency and the features of political dependency in the Syrian Alternative Media

Fourthly: The results and recommendations framework; includes the recommendations and the results obtained, together with the documentation of the references, and the presentation of the annexes).

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