This report is special to Flip the Media by Joshua Cole and was originally posted on Thirdecade.
The video below from the New York Times is extraordinarily graphic and I do not recommend watching it with children or at work.
The video highlighted in this piece is by Robert Mackey and others who made there their way out of Syria in February and March were brought to us by a handful of journalists like the late Sunday Times writer Marie Colvin and murdered French cameraman Rémi Ochlik. Much of that footage is sent streaming via cell phone, a Mac mini and wi-fi technology. But that simple technology may also send a signal the Assad regime can use to pinpoint the position of journalists.
Modern technology is allowing people to record content from anywhere on the planet and deliver it to the world instantaneously. As soon as the videos aired, the world became a live witness to atrocities carried out by the Syrian government. Soon afterward the journalists in this video were also killed. Rémi Ochlik was 28.
In the interview below William Gagan and Geoff Shivley explain to Reuters correspondent Anthony De Rosa how they use technology available at the mall to stream live video from a country that enforces a ban on media with capital punishment. They also claim that Syria attacked their crowd–source funded account at WePay and tracked their Broadband Global Area Network signal. The BGAN is the network that sends phone messages to satellites. While journalists are using technology to bring the eyes of the world to Syria, if William & Geoff’s claim is true, it means that the Syrian government is using technology followed by military force to kill journalists.