Rana Al-Aqabani was born in Sweida—in southern Syria—in 1982. She has been working as a journalist since 2003, and contributed to the Libya Press news agency throughout 2009. Together with other Libyan journalists she founded the Libyan Observatory for Freedom of Expression. She also worked as editor-in-chief for the ‘Libyan Spring’ blogspot. She is currently the editor-in-chief of the Libyan section of Correspondents.org.