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Freed from UN, a 20-year-old news network embraces independence

Three years ago, United Nations officials told editors of its in-house news service to stop covering the Syrian war. The UN office, which controlled the $11 million budget for IRIN, worried that detailed coverage by the service could derail Syria-related talks involving the UN. The ban on IRIN’s Syria reporting added fire to a longstanding debate over the 20 year-old...
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