ARA News is an independent press agency reporting on local developments across Rojava, Kurdistan Region, Syria, Iraq and Turkey.
The agency was launched amid the ongoing dramatic developments in Syria and the Kurdish region, with a belief that the cosmopolitan audience deserves to get an in-depth knowledge on the local developments in the region.
ARA (in Kurdish: Ajansa Rojnamevaniya Azad) stands for ‘Independent Press Agency’.
ARA News’ main objectives include the commitment to objectivity and the basic principles of journalism, and overcoming the constraints on freedom of speech in the region.
Independent of political influence, ARA News regards itself as a genuine participant in the transitional phase in the region from totalitarianism towards freedom of expression and democracy.
Amid the dramatic developments and considerable challenges confronting Syria and the Kurdish region, the role of media has became crucially significant. Undoubtedly, the last few decades of persecution and suppression in the region have left no room for objective, critical or professional media, and the media industry has, unfortunately, turned into an instrument employed to serve political authorities. Lack of freedom of expression was one of the basic incentives that sparked the pro-liberty movement of civil-resistance of March 2011, which descended later into a devastating war. Reporting on the events and incidents within Syria and the Kurdish region became one of the enormous responsibilities of activists (citizen journalists). As obstacles and difficulties mounted making it difficult for international media to enter the war-torn region, citizen journalists carried on the task of eliminating the ambiguity surrounding the regional political landscape and played a role in conveying its local events to the world. ARA News was founded to focus the activities of a number of Syrian citizen journalists, and to encourage efforts towards a neutral and objective press–based on the basic principles of journalism, the right of people to accurate information and autonomy in covering those events.