Struggle over Aleppo’s story takes to the skies

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime’s narrative of the Aleppo’s plight.

Monther, first left, and Abdalrahman, first right, look up as colleague steers drone in Old Aleppo [Moutaz Khattab/Al Jazeera]
Monther, first left, and Abdalrahman, first right, look up as colleague steers drone in Old Aleppo [Moutaz Khattab/Al Jazeera]
New technologies open new windows for political action. They give new tools to the powerful and their challengers. In the Syrian city of Aleppo, the struggle to frame the conflict for the international community ran parallel to the battle for control over the land itself.

While drone footage from Russia Today showed videos of rebel-held and heavily-bombed eastern Aleppo, Syria’s Ministry of Tourism published footage of the city’s intact western half, complete with the soundtrack from HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones. The contrast was stark. Life with the regime was normal. Life with the rebels was hell.

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SOURCE: News Now/Al Jazeera Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.