From Land Destroyer. Originating at Voltaire.
Below is the prequel to the linked story above; RT covered this last week- June 6/2012 Did I mention I have way too much stuff bookmarked to read Foreign powers waging media war on Syria
Russia Today: The Arab League Council has asked satellite operators Arabsat and Nilesat to suspend the broadcast of Syrian satellite channels. What do you think about this decision?
Adnan Mahmoud:This decision is an attack on free media and freedom of expression. It’s an attack on Syrian media. The purpose is to hide the truth about what is really going on in Syria from people both inside and outside the country. This is part of the smear campaign launched by certain satellite channels and supported by the Gulf nations behind it. The decision contradicts fundamental moral and professional standards for mass media in the Arab world and globally. It contradicts the rules and regulations for satellite broadcasting as agreed by the Council of the Arab Ministers of Information. This decision was made by foreign ministers, which means it was politically motivated it’s part of the anti-Syrian political agenda. We all understand that these plans are being implemented on political and economic levels. The main purpose of this decision is to silence Syrian channels that can uncover the role of some of these countries providing support to terrorists in Syria, helping them financially and smuggling weapons into the country. They’re also afraid of Syrian channels disclosing the truth about terrorist connections of some media outlets, financed and supported by these outside players. We have had a situation where terrorists acted as correspondents for foreign media. The very people responsible for deaths, filmed their crimes and sent the footage to the media, blaming the government for the atrocities. The Syrian people and the Ministry of Information condemn this decision. The ministry considers it as its responsibility to provide satellite broadcasting for Syrian satellite channels
RT: How will the governmentorganize satellite broadcasting for Syrian satellite channels? Do you plan to work together with Arabsat and Nilesat, since you have contracts with them?
AM: Considering the current situation of war and hysteria around Syria, we anticipated that a decision of this sort would be made, especially after the US and Europe imposed sanctions on Syrian media outlets. Also the US and Canada took technical measures to stop Syrian TV channels and radio stations from broadcasting in North America. So we are prepared to help Syrian satellite channels continue broadcasting through different satellites in the same orbits that are used by Arabsat and Nilesat. We have the capability. As for the Arabsat and Nilesat satellites, did you know that Arabsat is controlled by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information, and the head of the Council is a Saudi? Saudi Arabia was one of the Gulf nations that suggested slapping Syria with sanctions. If Arabsat complies with this decision, this will constitute a violation of satellite broadcasting regulations. This would be a politically motivated step, organized by the external forces that are attacking Syria and the Syrian media. As for Nilesat, it is a joint-stock company. Some of the stock belongs to the Egyptian government; some, to private investors. That’s why we insist that Nilesat should not comply with this decision. It should honor its legal and contractual obligations to the Syrian Ministry of Information, which means continuing the satellite broadcast of our channels. I want to assure all of our viewers in Syria and abroad that Syrian satellite channels will continue broadcasting without any disruption. There is no need to get new antennas or reprogram your equipment. Today, daily satellite broadcasting in Syria is 16 hours. Many specialized information channels have not reached this level yet.
RT: Since Arab states and other countries, as you say, are waging an information war against Syria, does the Syrian government media still provide balanced and unbiased coverage? Do they provide an accurate picture of the situation in Syria, especially considering that they were not prepared for this information war?
AM: First of all, it should be said that everything about the mass media is in fact down to the audience. If we take polls run inside and outside Syria we shall see that the audience of the Syrian satellite channels has grown, and so has the number of viewers who perceive these channels as the source to turn to for live news coverage. Syrian satellite channels provide live coverage 16 hours a day, and this includes both the official channels and the specialized and private channels. Thus, we can say that the official Syrian media has taken a firm lead in the coverage of the barbaric war Syria has been forced into and in exposing the plans to undermine the strength and the spirit of the Syrian people. I am deeply convinced that the recent sanctions against our mass media came as a response to its increased impact. Had there been no such impact, there would be no need to introduce sanctions against our mass media. The American and European sanctions, followed by those imposed by some Gulf States at the recent Arab League meeting, only confirm that the influence of the Syrian media has grown. Because of all that, we will have to develop our information policy and improve the structure of the Syrian media
RT: The Arab League seeks to shut down some of the Syrian channels but the Annan plan actually calls for as many channels as possible to cover the events in Syria.
AM: Of course, it’s very strange. We asked Kofi Annan and the UN Security Council “who will protect freedom of speech, democratic principles and liberties?” How can you shut down Syrian national media when the Annan plan calls for free accreditation for foreign media coming to Syria to cover the situation here? And we have 180 media outlets from all over the world represented in Syria, and over 100 accredited foreign reporters permanently working here, traveling freely across the country to cover the events. How can you shut down Syrian satellite channels and at the same time allow foreign news services to operate freely? This will result in biased coverage.All this is part of the information war waged against Syria. We know that 80% of the satellite channels dedicate 30 minutes of their news hour to Syria today. And a recent study shows that 90% of satellite coverage on Syria has nothing to do with the actual situation in the country. It’s all lies and fabrications. This again proves that there is a real information war waged against Syria, with real facts being substituted with fabrications. These lies are the only way for them to achieve their objectives in their war against Syria. The Houla massacre is a good example of that. As soon as the first pictures of the massacre were released, everybody started accusing the Syrian army and security forces. But we all know who was really behind this crime. The atrocities used against the Syrian people, as well as the sanctions introduced against the Syrian government media, have revealed the true nature of those waging war against Syria Today, the people of Syria are targeted by terrorists who are armed and sponsored by regional powers like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as by Western nations, such as the US. Those who often talk about fighting terrorism have joined their forces today to support terrorists attacking Syria.
UPDATE # 1Syrian crowd blocks UN vehicles
Angry crowds have blocked UN observers from reaching an embattled rebel-held town in Syria, hurling stones and metal rods at the monitors' vehicles.
Their vehicles came under fire as they drove away from Haffa, but the source of the gunfire was not clear, the UN said. None of the observers was injured.
Meanwhile, Syrian forces pounded the eastern city of Deir el-Zour with mortars as anti-government protesters were dispersing before dawn, killing at least 10 people, activists said.
The situation in Haffa has raised alarm over the past eight days, and there are concerns civilians are stuck in the area while the regime and rebel fighters battle for control.
Washington said that regime forces may be preparing a massacre in rebel-held Haffa - a village about 20 miles from President Bashar Assad's hometown of Kardaha.It is not clear why the crowd wanted to prevent the observers from entering
-Angry crowds have blocked UN observers from reaching a rebel-held town
-Vehicles came under fire as they drove away from Haffa (after blocking entrance to Haffa)
Washington has been blathering on about Haffa being the site of an impending massacre
What makes sense?
The "angry crowds" are not Syrians, rather NATO backed rebels. Or the "angry crowds"have been forced, under threat, to keep the UN observers out.
Remember: THIS IS A REBEL HELD TOWN!
That means all the inhabitants are being kept as prisoners in their own homes.
If the UN observers are being kept out of Haffa, which they are, the rebels can freely commit the massacre that will be blamed on Assad.
UPDATE # 2
More on Haffa /Haffeh;
Rebels have fled from the town they were controlling
"Heavy shelling by field artillery has forced the remaining 200 rebels defending Haffeh to leave. There are several thousand civilians left without anyone to protect them from the Alawite militias surrounding the town," Selim al-Omar said by phone from the coastal city of Latakia, 30 kms (20 miles) west of Haffeh.
Note the narrative promoted by Selim al-Omar from Latakia. Latakia which is 20 miles away from Haffa/Heffah
Keep in mind this is the town Washington was expressing concern about for days now-
Al Haffah, Syria
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Hillary with Shimone with Peres: A nobel prize recipient?
And a "medal of freedom" winner?
black is white
up is down
war is peace
Worried that Russia may send helicopters
"Attack Helicopters" Grrrr
Of course she remains silent on all the armaments sent in with the help and or blessing of the US. Not worry at all about how that escalated the "conflict"? Or created it?
Hillary: “We are concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria, which will escalate the conflict quite dramatically”
Russia's military dealings with Syria have been a major cause of concern for Israel.
Clinton said she consulted with Annan last week on his plan.
"The red line for us was the inclusion of Iran," she noted. "We thought that would be a grave error since we know that Iran is not only supporting the Assad regime but actively mentoring, leading, encouraging not merely the regular army but the militias that are springing up and engaging in sectarian conflict."
Peres: "Let the Arabs do it. They are ready; let them take responsibility; let's not accuse anybody that we are intervening; (oh but you are) let us support them in any way we can," he said. And in a direct message to the Arab League, he told them: "Do it yourself and the UN will support you."
The UN will support the Arab League?
Peres added that while many in Syria and the region were worried about what the alternatives should Assad fall, keeping the strongman in power was not an option.
Israel has always wanted Assad out, hence their instrumental role in destabilization from the very beginning!
Is this the helicopter deal getting such attention covered here?
Additional reading: Thanks Freethinker :)
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