Issam Khoury is a journalist and political activist from Syria with more than 20 years of experience in writing and conducting research on politics, governance, Islamic groups, human rights, culture, and arts for major news media in the Middle East and North Africa. Whether it is in the actual war zone or among the refugees crossing borders for safety, his writing has always focused on telling the truth, which has often brought him into a face-to-face confrontation with those opposing freedom of expression and the press in the Middle East.
He has been the author of three books in “Arabic and “Assad and ME” in English and has written more than 700 reports and is an expert on political/social trends and personalities. Also, He is the first journalist to report on the revolution while still in Syria.
Most recently, He was the International Journalist fellow at the CUNY J-school in New York City.
And, He is an expert in social media, and He has trained journalists across the Arab world in this file.
He was a Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI Partners.
In 2003, He founded in Syria an NGO Center for Environmental and Social Development “CESD”, and in 2017 CESD started work as a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3), international human rights organization based in New York.
Some reports about his life:
An exiled Syrian journalist tells us what it was like to write under Assad. By, Veronika Bondarenko, Business Insider, May 28, 2017.
THE AGONY OF SYRIAN JOURNALISTS. By, Loumay Alesali, Medill Reports Chicago,
Freelancer Issam Khoury from Syria is the New International Journalist in Residence. By Newmark J-School Staff, October 20th, 2015