“Syrian Print-Media Archive” is a Syrian national independent project that works on archiving periodic Syrian print-media issued since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, as these prints are a part of the Syrian written memory, and a facet of the new-born pluralism in Syria.
In 2013, an offshoot of Enab Baladi Newspaper team started the work through saving links to Syrian prints issued following the outbreak of the revolution, and publishing them weekly. However, several technical problems arose such as broken links and the difficulty of surfing back to older prints that are published only via social media.
Thus, the team developed the work and started collecting the materials, saving them on external hard drives, and then republishing them via a separate inclusive website that provides a number of surf, search, rate, download and print features.
The official launch of the beta-version of the website was on Nov. 21st 2014, during the first Conference of Syrian Journalists Association in Gaziantep, sponsored by NPA.
During its early stages, the project was called “Alternative Syrian Media”. Later, in response to the advice of a number of media workers and specialists, the name was changed to “Syrian Prints Archive” as the meaning the word “alternative” bears does not accord fully with the objectives of the project; it is likely that the Syrian new prints –in general- will be Syria’s main media.
Syrianprints.org is an independent website, free of any political, partisan or religious affiliations. It provides archiving and storing services to all available Syrian prints regardless of their content or orientations.
The website’s archiving process does not differentiate between one print and another; the process includes classifying and categorizing them, alphabetically, according to place of issuance, periodicity of issuance, and affiliations. These classifications are based on the information available and disclosed by the prints themselves.