Syria has one of the lowest number of blogs in the Arab world. Even Iran has overtaken its Arab neighbour. But that’s not stopping their rapid growth.
The internet is much freer in Syria than print media. That’s probably because of the President’s background. He was president of the Syrian Computer Society, and pushed for wider use of the internet in Syria. He even promised every school child their own computer.
There are now 610,000 people with net access in Syria. That’s 3.5% of the population – half of most other Arab countries.
Since the explosion of media attention on Syria in 2005, the number of Syrian blogs has leaped to about 50. Last year there were probably only two – Josh Landis’s Syria Comment, and Ayman Haykal’s Damascene Blog.