Independent media and citizen journalists has been at the heart of the movement of dissent against the government from its very beginning. They were struggling against the regime’s best efforts to monopolize the narrative. To prevent any dissenting voices, the Syrian state imposed a media blackout, restricting access inside Syria for professional international journalists. This was simultaneously a historic opportunity for the organic development of an independent media landscape as an alternative to the state-controlled media. However, the ban on foreign journalists was also accompanied with an Internet blackout on centers of dissent, making it very challenging for aspiring journalists to pursue their work.