More Propaganda Than News Coming Out of Aleppo
Publisher: Counter Punch
Date Written: 19/12/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20212
The dominance of propaganda over news in coverage of the war in Syria.
It has just become more dangerous to be a foreign correspondent reporting on the civil war in Syria. This is because the jihadis holding power in east Aleppo were able to exclude Western journalists, who would be abducted and very likely killed if they went there, and replace them as news sources with highly partisan "local activists" who cannot escape being under jihadi control.
The foreign media has allowed through naivety or self-interest people who could only operate with the permission of al-Qaeda-type groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham to dominate the news agenda.