— Liz Sly (@LizSly) February 19, 2014
With political strife dominating so much of our news cycle these past months, and events from Ukraine to Venezuela rapidly unfolding, Twitter is one of the best ways to stay informed in real time. But when social media turns everyone into an information source, it can be a challenge to sort the signal from the noise and figure out who to trust.
To help you find reliable sources for some of the most timely geopolitical news stories, we’ve created a series of Twitter lists compiling trusted journalists, activists and citizens on the ground in the conflict regions. These are the people sharing the most up-to-date information, often from their own first hand experiences. In Part 1 of this series, we talked about sources of news from Ukraine. In Part 2 of this series, we offered reliable sources tweeting about Venezuela.
Our third list in the series focuses on the ongoing crisis in Syria:
While battles in Venezuela and Ukraine are all over the news, the Syrian Civil War, a conflict between forces loyal to the Ba’ath government and those seeking to remove it from power, is approaching its 3-year mark this March. The conflict has been a bloody one, with the United Nations estimating a death toll of over 100,000 by last summer.
This ongoing war is far from simple, with many different groups and countries involved in various ways, from providing arms to actually taking part in the fighting. To help you make sense of the conflict and stay on top of all of the latest news, here are 10 reliable Twitter sources:
— Martin Chulov (@martinchulov) January 21, 2014
Martin covers the Middle East for the Guardian newspaper, and much of his Twitter activity focuses on news from Syria.
An independent journalist covering news in the Middle East, the majority of her coverage focuses on the Syrian conflict.
— Liz Sly (@LizSly) February 18, 2014
The Washington Post’s Beirut bureau chief, Liz Sly has become a trusted source for news from Syria through detailed, often graphic Tweets.
Lara Setrakian is a foreign correspondent in Syria and the founder of Syria Deeply, an independent single-topic news site focusing on stories and commentary about the war in Syria, whose coverage has earned her a following of over 250,000.
— Hassan Hassan حسن (@hhassan140) March 5, 2014
Deputy opinion editor of @TheNationalUAE, Hassan offers news and editorial coverage of Syria.
Analysts and Activists
The winner of the 2012 International Press Freedom Award, Alexander Page is also a Syrian activist who shares in-depth and insider information about the conflict.
— Andrew Harper (@And_Harper) February 17, 2014
Andrew Harper works for the UN Refugee Agency and has been tweeting first hand accounts and photos of efforts to vaccinate Syrian refugees, specifically those in Jordan.
A Middle East analyst for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Emile Tweets news and analysis of the ongoing conflict.
Just got news of friend martyred today, he followed his brother who martyred 1yr ago. I can only think of their devastated father. RIP
— Majd Arar (@MajdArar) March 4, 2014
A Syrian engineer tweeting from Damascus, the capital city of Syria. While not unbiased, his account is first hand.
With a Twitter bio of “I write, Tweet and breathe the Syrian Revolution,” you can expect lots of coverage, with a defined perspective from one side of the conflict.
For more resources on Syria, check out Reuters’ Syria Twitter List.