We have seen some unacceptable instances where international journalists have been kicked out (asked to leave) from Syria accused of “untruthful reporting”. This while according to the journalist they are not even being granted access to areas like Eastern Aleppo and this at a time when the entire world is watching what happens.
Yes, indeed a large part of the western media is very much complicit in a complete hatchet job of the Syrian Arab Army’s liberation of East Aleppo, mostly by copy and pasting tweets from very dubious and often unnamed sources and circular references to each other. This is whilst we see very compelling and detailed reporting from journalists who are actually on the ground in the affected areas.
Okay, so some journalists will continue to be less than honest in their reporting of the facts on the ground in East Aleppo, but it is a lot harder to be completely oblivious to the testimony of the Syrian people who have actually lived through the nightmare in Aleppo for the last four years, and this will undoubtedly seep through in the reporting.
It is also a well-known fact that it is very hard to keep a skewed narrative with dozens or even hundreds of other reporters around that are also reporting from the same place at the same time.
Let as many reporters as you possibly can muster, meet anyone they want at any time they want without interference and put a stop to the cut & paste echo chamber “journalism”.
A free press, even a hostile one, is a hallmark of democracy and ensures an honest and properly functioning government, even if that means that you will get quite uncomfortable and might have to fire a few friends sometimes.
AMN – Al Masdar News