Bashar is a multimedia journalist and trainer whose most recent work with the Thomson Foundation has been with the OPEN Media Hub project as a multimedia video and mobile journalism trainer in the Middle East and North Africa.
Bashar has been producing digital stories since 2002 as a freelancer and has continued to use and perfect his digital skills working as a multimedia news reporter and producer for BBC Xtra Arabic. He initiated and produced the first video content for the channel's website and has also had a video package for the channel chosen as 'pick of the year' according to audience choice.
His training work has taken him to many parts of Africa and the Middle East where he has led projects which include the relaunch of flagship TV news programmes and the development of specific programmes such as political and current affairs debate shows. He has delivered nearly 145 training courses since 2003 and mobile journalism training since 2011.
Bashar is fluent in Arabic and English.