Issam Khoury is a journalist and political activist from Syria with more than 20 years of experience in writing and conducting research 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. He has written more than 700 reports on politics, governance, Islamic groups, human rights, culture, and arts, 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.
Khoury is an expert in social media and has trained journalists across the Arab world in this file.
In 2016, he was a Senior Advisor to Strategy XXI Partners in NY, then in 2017, he founded the Center for Environmental and Social Development, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3), international human rights organization based in New York. besides that, He is a fellow expert at the Czech-Slovak Institute of Oriental Studies.
Khoury has a Master of Geopolitical in 2008, and He was an International Journalist fellow at the CUNY J-school in New York City in 2015. and, he has a Master’s from the Quantic School of Business and Technology in 2022.
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
Issam Khoury’s Books
Khoury’s work in the Center for Environmental and Social Development