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Citizen journalism is playing a crucial role in Syria – but it comes at a cost

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Matthew Hansen

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Since the beginning of the civil war in 2011, 103 reporters, filmmakers and editors have been confirmed dead.

Besides the dangers of working in regions that are regularly bombed, the so-called Islamic State, or Isis, has frequently targeted journalists, sometimes kidnapping and executing them.

A few months earlier, another – also in Turkey – was beheaded.

More than half a million people keep up to date with the group s reports via its main Facebook page, and it also has nearly 70,000 followers on Twitter.

But RBSS journalists are working in even more dangerous places than the border towns.

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