The military communications bureau is similar to the communications bureau that sprang up in several Syrian cities at the beginning of the rebellion. However, it is unique in that its citizen journalists are solely tasked with shadowing the members of the Free Syrian Army to cover their field operations.
This special bureau exists because it is more dangerous to follow the Free Syrian Army's operations than to film a simple demonstration, as many amateurs had been doing before. Furthermore, we must be careful about what information can be released. The videos must not show the areas where the Free Syrian Army is based, nor the weapons it has, aside from small arms. Likewise, we are careful about the timing of our broadcasts. The person who films an operation does not post the the videos: the cameramen give us the footage and we post it once we're certain that the operation was successful, that the zone has been secured, and that the unit that was filmed is no longer in any danger. However, this does not mean that we censor the videos. We always broadcast the totality of what was filmed, even if the footage shows dead bodies of regular army soldiers or even burnt corpses. After all, we are acting within our rights and we are fighting for our country.
“We must be careful about the information that is released. We must not show our positions or our weapons”
We are very careful with recruiting. We rely on trustworthy individuals that we know very well and who were some of the first activists to go out in the field to film demonstrations at the beginning of the rebellion. Some of our “reporters” carry weapons, but for the most part they are civilians who only carry cameras.
We closely follow reports from the state media in order to counter their accusations with our own footage. The goal of our coverage is certainly to inform about the Free Syrian Army's operations, but we must also not forget that this war is also a media war. We will not allow the regime's media to tarnish our image without reacting.