Welcome to #ExtremeLives
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 understanding the people it affects.
#ExtremeLives is a video series covering on-the-ground stories of violent extremism in Asia. With first-hand accounts of the darkest days of ISIS-occupied Raqqa, dispatches from an insider of a network that trained militants across Asia, and journalists at the front-lines fighting misinformation in a post-truth climate, #ExtremeLives offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into polarizing issues affecting our modern world.
From terrorist recruitment, radicalization, and rehabilitation, to the role of news corporations and social media, to refugees fleeing violence and migrants workers targeted by underground terrorist networks, #ExtremeLives hopes to expose stories that bring us closer to figuring out how to stop the spread of violent extremist ideologies.
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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.
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
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