“Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

December 08, 2011

This is the 11th in series of video dispatches. It contains important and exclusive reporting from Syria (and one video from Iran).


[Note by Tom Gross]

While ABC’s Barbara Walters was busy this week airing what has been described by Syrian pro-democracy activists as an “irresponsible and disgusting propaganda interview with President Bashar al-Assad” some brave reporters working for other media have been courageous enough to report accurately on the dramatic ongoing events in arguably the Middle East’s most oppressive country, Syria. (Over 50 civilians were murdered by Assad’s forces on the very day Walters conducted her interview.)

The first report below is from the Rupert Murdoch-owned British-based broadcaster Sky News, which has once again outshone the BBC in its foreign news coverage.

(Assad did make one truthful admission in his interview. When Barbara Walters asked him why he didn’t accept the rulings of the United Nations he declared the UN irrelevant. She said, “Sir, you have an Ambassador there” to which he responded “It’s a game we play. We don’t believe in it”.)



Sky News devotes almost ten minutes on its peak morning news (Dec. 6) to report on Syria, below.

Stuart Ramsay reports: “Waking to the sound of gunfire is never pleasant; when it is incoming and down your street it is particularly unnerving. In Homs, every day starts with sniper fire. Every day. People queuing, to buy bread or vegetables, scatter. Children start crying, cars screech into reverse while men and women gather what they have and head for the protection of alleys and doorways. Nine people died at a crossroads at the end of the street we were staying in last week. More will likely die today.”



A crew from Britain’s Channel 4, this time reporting mainly from Damascus, presents evidence of widespread torture and crimes against humanity.



This full-length documentary is from Sofia Amara of Arte TV in France. She manages to interview soldiers who have defected from Assad’s security forces and report on the Iranian involvement in Assad’s brutal suppression of the uprising.



Finally, on another topic, below is video shown today on Iranian television of the U.S. spy drone that the Iranian government claims it shot down.

American officials have acknowledged that an unmanned U.S. reconnaissance plane was lost on a mission a few days ago, but say that there is no evidence that it was downed by hostile acts. They say the drone probably went down because of a malfunction, and that the advanced stealth reconnaissance plane would likely have fallen from such a high altitude (it can fly as high as 50,000 feet) that it would not be in as good shape as the drone that the Iranians claim they have.

However, Western military analysts said the footage aired by Iranian TV today appears to them to be the American drone in question.

The headline on Iran’s Mehr news agency reads: “China, Russia want to inspect downed U.S. drone.”


Among past recent dispatches on Syria, please see:

* Syria’s Assad is worse than Gaddafi in many ways

* Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (Not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Syria: Where massacre is a family tradition

* As Syria slaughters hundreds, its ambassador gets wedding invite denied to Blair and Brown

* Peres tells Arab media “Assad must go,” and Netanyahu again hints at it too

Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Cheering Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were behind the Arab Spring

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

* Video dispatch 30: How to play chess when you’re an ISIS prisoner (& Escape from Boko Haram)

* Video dispatch 31: Incitement to kill

* Video Dispatch 32: Bibi to BBC: “Are we living on the same planet?” (& other videos)

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