Nabiha Syed is President of The Markup, a nonprofit media organization that investigates how the powerful use technology to reshape society.
Before joining The Markup, Nabiha was vice president and associate general counsel at BuzzFeed, where she counseled on newsgathering, libel, and privacy matters worldwide. Under her leadership, the company successfully defended against over a dozen libel litigations, including the Steele Dossier and the “King of Bullsh*t News” cases, and initiated numerous notable access litigations. Prior to BuzzFeed, Syed co-founded the nation’s first media access law clinic, currently in its tenth year of operation at Yale Law School, and served as a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times.
Nabiha has been described as “one of the best emerging free speech lawyers” by Forbes magazine, and a “real reporter’s lawyer” by the Reporter’s Committee for the Freedom of the Press, which recognized her with an inaugural award in 2018. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout.