MEDIA

THE MEDIA The media committee sought to define and spread the democratic communal values of women, and to convey their struggle and resistance for their freedom, for their people’s freedom, and for the revolutionary struggles of women worldwide in an effective matter. It also worked to develop the capabilities of women active in the media field, so they would have the skills to spread an alternative viewpoint based on democracy and women’s freedom.

Kurdish media in Northern Syria was censored by the racist Ba’ath regime. Kurdish journalists faced arrest, imprisonment, and even assassination if they carried out their work. The regime prevented Kurds from spreading their culture and speaking their language through oppressive policies of assimilation. However, Kurds have always rebelled against the most violent regimes. They were able to establish effective, powerful media, especially about the situation of women. Eventually, the Rojava Revolution came, and Kurdish media was no longer restricted. Kurdish media was free to publish, and all people could hear news from a Kurdish viewpoint, regardless of whether they spoke Kurdish or Arabic.
Despite challenges from family and societal pressure and the authoritarian masculine mentality, women entered the media field and excelled in it. They put great effort into showing the struggles that their people faced in a powerful and effective way. They brought the camera to the resistance battlefields to document their people’s struggle, and proved their empowerment and their people’s existence to the whole world.

ESTABLISHING THE WOMEN’S MEDIA COMMITTEE


It was necessary to establish a committee for women’s media, as this was one of the most important pillars of the democratic transformation. The Women’s Media Committee was established in April 2014, during a general conference. Journalists from across Rojava attended the meeting. The conference decided to establish a women’s media center in Northern Syria, which would become an umbrella under which women journalists could organize and unite their abilities.

PROJECTS OF THE WOMEN’S MEDIA COMMITTEE

Women play an active role in Northern Syria’s media landscape. Media institutions are about 57% women. The Women’s Media Committte had issued two women’s magazines, such as “The Life Sound” magazine, in 1998, in Arabic and Kurdish. This intellectual and political magazine was issued once every two months. In 2014, a second magazine, Asoya Jin (Women’s Horizon), was issued. This magazine presented information on methodological, political, social, and educational issues.
The Jin News Agency and other women’s media projects are coordinating within the media committee, which allows women journalists in all parts of Rojava to organize. They also started a live broadcast of Star FM radio on December 15th, 2017.
The Free Women’s Foundation (Waqfa Jina Azad) announced the establishment of a Jin TV group in all provinces under the purview of the Women’s Media Committee. The committee also supervises and provides guidance to all women’s departments in all of the major media outlets in Rojava/North Syria, including Ronahi TV, Hawar Media, Ronahi newspaper, and Firat News Agency (ANF).