Last week the Syrian Emergency Task Force in partnership with Creative Associates International and the Conflict Stabilization Office of the U.S. Department of State, implemented the first in a series of communications equipment trainings and workshops. The overall goal is to increase the functioning capacity of Civilian Administrative Councils (CACs) in liberated areas of Syria by providing the means for Syrians to communicate with the outside world and internally in Syria without being subject to the censorship of the regime.

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The Syrian Emergency Task Force thanks the Fontbonne Academy STAND chapter for holding a fundraiser for the Syrian Emergency Task Force. Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic High School in Milton, Massachussetts sold t-shirts and held a bake sale at the Fontbonne STAND café to collect money for the Syrian Emergency Task Force. During the sale, there were performances by students and the Fontbonne Instrumental Ensemble, STAND officers from the high school showed videos and explained the problems in Syria to the students who attended.

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This week the SETF received communications equipment from the United States Government for the local civil councils in Aleppo. The councils will be receiving internet equipment, computers, and  other telecommunications technology. SETF will be in charge of distributing this equipment to the Aleppo councils. Below are photos from the delivery. This deliver is part of the US government's objective to help local councils coordinate with each other and their constituents better. 

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Today is World Press Freedom Day, and the situation for journalists in Syria is devestating.

According to Reporters Without Borders, 19 journalists have been killed in 2013, while 174 are in prison. Fifty eight netizens and citizen journalists have been killed since the revolution began in March 2011. Additionally, Syria is one of the worst countries in the world for press freedom and it ranks among the top enemies of the Internet. 

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