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Digital TV reporting on the refugee crisis by refugees

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Project Twitter: @refugeetv

  • Community Strengthening
  • Internet

After Olivia Christopher’s father died, she no longer felt safe in her native Nigeria. Living in Vienna now, the 16-year-old’s dream is to become a journalist. 45-year-old Ayad Salim is fluent in English and has always worked in journalism, but was forced to leave his native Iraq last year. He has been living in Salzburg ever since. 

Many refugees coming to Europe are skilled and ambitious, with journalists and filmmakers amongst them. The problem is that refugees tend to be the subjects rather than the creators of journalistic reporting on the refugee crisis, and in spite of the most conscientious efforts, there is a limit to how well journalists can tell refugees’ stories, unless they’ve been through the experience themselves.

Austrian filmmaker David Gross wanted to change that. He put together a team of six refugee journalists, presenters, moderators and translators – each of them an asylum seeker from a different country – to launch the first online TV channel that is by and about refugees. is currently a digital media channel on YouTube, run by refugees with audiovisual, journalism and technical skills, so that they can continue their professional careers while shining a light on the refugee problem from a new perspective. 

The first programme was recorded in October 2015 at a refugee camp in Germany, with three more programmes produced this year. Initially, the team self-funded their production, and they are now using the crowdfunding platform wemakeit to raise more resources to continue to produce content. Watch the team’s latest reports on and donate at

Image courtesy of European Commission DG ECHO

Last updated: 13th of September, 2016

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