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DW’s in-depth reporting uncovers the story of Salafism in Germany

In a six-part special report currently on dw.com, a team of DW reporters are presenting an unfiltered picture of ultraconservative Islam in Germany.

Salafism is an issue that is at the crossroads of important social questions facing German society involving culture, belief and integration. As Germany’s international broadcaster, DW’s journalism takes a global perspective and is uniquely suited to cover intercultural issues.

After many weeks of reporting and meeting with leaders of the Salafist movement along with community officials and ordinary people in cities, the project gets to the heart of this issue like never before.

The first article in the series covers how Salafism has become less publicly visible since 2016, but maintains strength as an “underground” force, working to draw in new adherents and expanding networks.

According to the report, “Salafism is an extremely conservative current within Islam,” whose followers, “interpret the Koran literally and orient themselves exclusively on how the Prophet Mohammed and his immediate successors lived the religion.”

The report reveals how many Islamist extremists start out as Salafists.

This is revealed by an especially gripping and emotional interview with the mother of a young German man who was killed fighting for IS in Syria. Before leaving everything behind to live with Islamist radicals, he had become a radicalized Salafist in Germany.

The DW journalists who produced the series said they used a variety of methods to reach interview subjects, including creating a Facebook profile and subscribing to Salafist leaders and following commentaries. For example, the mother of the German killed fighting for IS was first contacted on social media. And although many people weren’t willing to speak publically, social media remained a key aspect of reporting.

The DW series on Salafism in Germany is a stark and honest portrayal of the roots of Islamic extremism delivered with journalistic objectivity that allows each protagonist to openly share their beliefs. The result is a thorough piece of investigative reporting that everyone who wants to understand the future of Islam in Germany should read.

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2018-11-02 | 1:04

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Market roundup: October 2018

Asia

DW’s popular Indonesian science magazine, Inovator, is being broadcast by even more Indonesian partners. TV9 Nusantara in Surabaya, TirtaTV in Tangerang, JayaTV in Papua and JakTV in Jakarta und Medan are including a weekly episode of the popular show in their lineup. Select episodes are also available on-demand.

Iflix, Asia’s largest OTT provider, is a new DW partner with on-demand content from DW in English being provided to 15 million households in 30 Asian countries, including India, Pakistan and Indonesia. Along with linear TV, Iflix also includes series from DW’s documentary catalogue, DW Transtel.

The Singapore-based OTT platform HOOQ is now carrying a DW English HD livestream that is available in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India and the Philippines. The service also includes a subtitle function for DocFilm documentaries. The HOOQ app has around 30 million downloads and in Indonesia alone, it has 2 million users.

The Karachi-based cable providers Lucky Seven and Luvis Cable, along with New Grand Dera Ghazi, New Links Peshawar, New Eagle Rawalpindi will broadcast DW’s English TV channel as part of their basic packages. Together the partners reach 60,000 households in Pakistan.

Europe

Starting in October, Telenor Norway will include DW in its TV lineup. Based in Fornebu near Olso, the broadcaster reaches 520,000 households.

The largest streaming service in Europe, Zattoo, is streaming all four of DW’s television channels. Zattoo has over 20 million subscribers.

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2018-10-17 | 7:02

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Market roundup: September 2018

Africa

Star Times is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest digital TV providers, and since August, they have been carrying DW’s flagship English TV channel. Vincent Yu, the media chief operating officer at Star Times said that DW was a rich addition to Star Times’ portfolio, which includes other international broadcasters like BBC World News and Al Jazeera. Star Times reaches an audience of 10 million viewers across Sub-Saharan Africa.

DW’s Nigerian radio partner Platinum FM is broadcasting DW’s Bundesliga radio series in Hausa, Bundesliga Radio Kai Tsaye. The partner, based in the northern city of Keffi, already broadcasts the Hausa magazine and the radio novella Crime Fighters in English and Hausa.

Eco@Afrique, the French version of DW’s environmental program, Eco@Africa, has been picked up by Label TV in Gabon, Anfani TV in Niger and Tele-tchad in Chad.

DW’s complete French radio program is also being broadcast by Radio Voix des Jeunes and Radio Diocésaine Siriri, both in the Central African Republic. Both partners have been broadcasting the radio novella Crime Fighters and Radio Voix des Jeunes will now additionally broadcast DW’s Bundesliga program in French.

Asia

DW content in Bengali, Urdu, Hindi and English is now available on the Indian content aggregator app, Times Internet, which has over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.

The Indonesian OTT provider, First Media X, will soon carry DW’s Indonesian tech magazine Inovator. First Media X is owned by the Indonesian IPTV market leader First Media.

Also in Indonesia, the pay-TV provider K-Vision now includes DW in its basic package. K-Vision offers 100 channels, 50 of which are international broadcasters, and reaches over 100,000 subscribers across the country.

In Pakistan, Radio Humara FM 90 is broadcasting DW news bulletins in Urdu five times daily during the week and three times on weekends. The station is received by 2 million listeners in the Faisalabad region.

Date

2018-09-05 | 3:24

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The 77 percent goes on the road to support African youth

At a recent town hall debate in  Mamou, a small city in central Guinea, DW’s project supporting African youth, The 77 percent, brought together around 600 people to discuss young people’s challenges and dreams for the future.

Conducted by the Guinean minister of youth, Mouctar Diallo along with DW journalists, the debate focused on preventing young people from joining the wave of migration leaving Sub-Saharan Africa. In a speech, Diallo appealed to parents not to give their children money so that they can leave the country

The work done by local media in cooperation with DW conveys an important message to young Africans that leaving home is not the only solution for the future. Dialogue, communication and sharing ideas can give young people hope that they are not alone in dealing with challenges.

The DW project, The 77 percent, focuses on a new generation of Africans, 77 percent of whom are under the age of 35. With web-videos, online projects and direct reporting from different regions in Africa, DW is trying to paint a picture of what life is like for African youth. In identifying the problems that many people share, solutions can become clearer.

Since 2016, DW, in cooperation with local media partners, has visited many communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to address the problem of mass-migration and listen to reasons why young Africans are leaving home.

The town hall debate in Mamou was conducted in cooperation with the German foreign ministry  and Radio Bolivar FM, and was one of the most successful events to date. More 77 percent debates are planned soon for Mali and Nigeria.

Date

2018-07-20 | 8:41

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DW shares the powerful story of Islamic State survivors

In the barren region around Mount Sinjar mountain in the north of Iraq, two DW reporters were able to capture the harrowing story of a Yazidi woman who survived two years in the captivity of the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Opressed, Enslaved, Forgotten: Yazidi’s of Northern Iraq, brings viewers to a remote place with an intimate piece of reporting that captures how the suffering of one individual symbolizes the larger impact of genocide.

The DW reporters visited the Yazidi woman and the remainder her family at the Sar-Dashte refugee camp on the plateau of Mount Sinjar and recorded their story of survival. Describing the family’s personal tragedy along with an intimate portrayal of their everyday lives and their perspective for the future provides viewers a unique experience.

“We are making a forgotten story visible again,” said DW journalist Sandra Petersmann. “On every platform we need to captivate our audience with emotion and information.”

Although the world knows about the atrocities committed by IS, in-depth storytelling delivers a perspective that has an emotional effect on viewers.

The report is a great example of the work DW’s journalists perform to share stories of forgotten people with the entire world. It will be broadcast in all four DW languages and can be seen in the DW Media Center.

Date

2018-06-26 | 8:30

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