18th January 2016
Report from: Afraa Dagher Syrian journalist.
Published in: SyrianNews
“Hello, from the other side of the world. Oh sorry, I mean hello from the other side of Syria.
Here it is Deir Al Zour today, Deir AlZour is a Syrian province, it locates in the east of Syria, it has a long border with Iraq, where the terrorists come from, cross the border and control this province.(As Iraq turned into a hotbed of terrorism after the american invasion in 2003).
Deir AlZour is also under terrorists siege, exactly as Madaya, however, for Deir AlZour it is besieged for long time, and no one word about it in the mainstream media, the blood of the Syrian people here, will not serve the western media’ propaganda machine in running more war against Syria.
In Deir Alzour, you don’t need false photos about starving people, you don’t need lies, but that is the last worries of the western media as well as some Arabic media. Furthermore, yesterday the western and Arab Gulf backed terrorists, committed a horrible massacre against innocent civilians in this province, town called AL Bghilieh, slaughtered up to 300 civilians, including kids, women, and elderly people, Syrians who are Sunni Muslims
The way to slaughter all those innocent people, started by about 30 suicide bombers, that helped the terrorists to enter this town easily and genocide its people, the guilt of those people to be slaughtered was their supporting to the Syrian Government, So the democracy seekers, the moderate terrorists as it is clear couldn’t accept any other view or opinion but their one.
This massacre is not the first of its kind, before it, the terrorists crucified some Christians in this province as well as in others, under the pretext of being infidels .Moreover, such crimes have been committed by the so called moderate rebels, however now it is by the so called Isalmic State In Syria And Iraq.
Stop trading by Syrian blood for a neocolonialism agenda.”
End of Afraa’s Report
Mainstream Media: Weapons of Mass Disinformation
Lets then compare this report from inside Syria by a journalist who has consistently produced accurate and verified accounts of the terrorist atrocities so often overlooked or outright ignored by mainstream media outlets, to a report today in the Guardian.
“Dozens killed by Islamic State in ‘massacre’ in Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor” ~ Guardian Headline.
Immediately downplaying the severity of the terrorist attack.
In smaller print:
UK-based monitoring group claims 85 civilians have been killed while state media says as many as 300 died in Isis onslaught
Still questioning the enormity of the tragedy that befell Deir Ezzor yesterday at the hands of the NATO US GCC and Israeli terror gangs that are roaming Syria.
Only half way through their report do they finally cite SANA News Agency:
“The [Isis] terrorists carried out a massacre in Al-Baghaliyeh, claiming the lives of around 300 civilians, most of them women, children and elderly people,”
Of course there is no expansion on Syrian Prime Minister, Wael al-Halqi’s statement:
“The legal and moral responsibility for this barbaric and cowardly massacre … lies on the shoulders of all the states that support terrorism and that fund and arm takfiri [Sunni extremist] groups”.
They conflate Takfiri with “Sunni extremists” in their “edit”, despite the glaring fact that the Deir Ezzor citizens were in the main, also Sunni. So no attempt to differentiate between the Wahhabi indoctrinated terrorists and the Sunni branch of Islam, that should not be associated with the Saudi Wahhabi perversion of Islam. Thus they propagate the ongoing sectarian narrative that plays only into the hands of “regime change” advocates and ensures the region remains in a state of perpetual conflict.
No mention of the Terrorist siege of Deir Ezzor, nor of the Russian and Syrian Government efforts to maintain supplies of humanitarian aid.
Russia has launched a humanitarian operation in Syria.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said a Russian cargo plane accompanied by several war planes has already airdropped supplies to several government-held neighbourhoods in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor.
It will be distributed by local authorities.
“Currently the bulk of the aid is being delivered to the city of Deir ez-Zor which has long been under siege byISIL terrorists,” Russian defence ministry spokesman Sergeu Rudskoy said in a televised briefing. “Today Syrian military cargo IL-76 jets equipped with Russian parachutable pallets delivered 22 tonnes of humanitarian cargo into Deir ez-Zor.”
Syrians walk down a destroyed street Deir ez-Zor where Isis is accused of killing 85 civilians. Photograph: Ahmad Aboud/AFP/Getty Images
In 2003, I filmed an interview in Washington with Charles Lewis, the distinguished American investigative journalist. We discussed the invasion of Iraq a few months earlier. I asked him, “What if the freest media in the world had seriously challenged George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and investigated their claims, instead of channeling what turned out to be crude propaganda?”
He replied that if we journalists had done our job “there is a very, very good chance we would have not gone to war in Iraq.”
That’s a shocking statement, and one supported by other famous journalists to whom I put the same question. Dan Rather, formerly of CBS, gave me the same answer. David Rose of the Observer and senior journalists and producers in the BBC, who wished to remain anonymous, gave me the same answer.
In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist.
Even now, despite the millions who took to the streets in protest, most of the public in western countries have little idea of the sheer scale of the crime committed by our governments in Iraq. Even fewer are aware that, in the 12 years before the invasion, the US and British governments set in motion a holocaust by denying the civilian population of Iraq a means to live.
War by media and the triumph of propaganda
2 thoughts on “Deir Ezzour: Terrorist siege and massacre marginalised by Western media”
“In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist.” — Pilger
I’m not sure that I agree with Pilger, here, not because I don’t believe that disseminating the truth wouldn’t have changed the overall tenor of public opinion such as it was conditioned by the pro-war propaganda, but because the Western alliance is not comprised of actual democracies, but of forms of totalitarian rule, especially that of the U.S., that mimic democratic forms in appearance only. Consequently, popular opinion, whatever it may actually be, is always discounted by the ruling establishment, while always made to appear to be solidly behind government policy in the mainstream press.
That is also why journalists, even if they wanted to, as employees in the most influential media organizations, because of the bureaucratic structures of these organizations and their effective subordination to the interests of the ruling elite, could not possibly disseminate anything close to the truth of the matter or in the actual interests of the masses.
Getting the truth out, as both you and Pilger and so many others do, is important, therefore, not for what it might prevent, but for what it may trigger: a broad-based awareness of the totalitarian nature of what it is we live under and therefore a broad-based predisposition to overturning this order so as to replace it with something closer to the democratic ideal, the political aspiration of the many. As trite and hackneyed as it now sounds, but as Blair really intended to put it, in a time of universal bullshit, just speaking the truth is revolutionary.
Of course, you know all of this already, and I’m really and only merely thinking out loud through my keyboard.
Thank you for always challenging perspectives 🙂 However I would argue that JP’s words could be interpreted in the same way. As you succinctly express: “Getting the truth out, as both you and Pilger and so many others do, is important, therefore, not for what it might prevent, but for what it may trigger: a broad-based awareness of the totalitarian nature of what it is we live under and therefore a broad-based predisposition to overturning this order so as to replace it with something closer to the democratic ideal, the political aspiration of the many. As trite and hackneyed as it now sounds, but as Blair really intended to put it, in a time of universal bullshit, just speaking the truth is revolutionary.”
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