A video series covering real stories of extremism in Asia

In recent years, radical groups have leveraged online spaces and networks to promote their violent worldviews and reach a wider pool of potential recruits across the world. To understand and prevent extremism, we need to understand the people it affects. With first-hand accounts of the darkest days of ISIS-occupied Raqqa, dispatches from an insider of a network training militants across Asia, and stories from journalists fighting misinformation in a post-truth world, #ExtremeLives offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into polarizing issues affecting the modern age. Exploring themes of recruitment, radicalization, and rehabilitation, the role of news corporations and social media, and refugees fleeing violence and migrant workers targeted by underground groups, #ExtremeLives brings us closer to figuring out how to stop the spread of extremist ideologies.

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Featured Stories: My Online Fight Against ISIS


Abdalaziz Alhamza, the co-founder of civilian media group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, discusses with #ExtremeLives his views on the importance of social media and virtual wars for ISIS’s recruitment strategy.
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TIME's Person of the Year named as Maria Ressa


Maria Ressa is recognised alongside murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, and The Capital Gazette, for reporting the truth in the face of adversity. She spoke exclusively with #ExtremeLives about the responsibility social media companies have to help tackle misinformation and extremism. Watch now

Featured Stories: Humanising a terrorist


For Ahmad El-Muhammady, who works with the Malaysian government to rehabilitate violent extremists, we need to try to understand the people behind terrorism. Read More

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