シリア各地を取材するロシア・メディア

"Syria is fine"というのは、シリア政府が外国のジャーナリストを集めて各地をツアーで回り、シリアが安全であることを訴えるキャンペーン活動の名称。

(1つ目)取材している様子を伝えるSANA記事。
ロシア政府の対外報道番組Russia Todayのテレビ・クルーがダマスカス、デールッズール、ホムス、ハマー、イドリブ、ラタキアを訪問。(1つ目)の記事前半は、ダマスカスの軍病院で負傷兵にインタビューしている様子。記事後半は、ロシアの政治・文化・メディア代表団の何人かが感想を述べている。

(2)取材したあとにRussia Todayが書いた記事。
ハマー市内の様子について、政府は武装集団が政府庁舎を破壊したと説明したが、住民は、1ヶ月半の間、平和的なデモを続けていたが、軍隊が入ってきて殺人が始まったと説明し、別の住民は、今晩は刑務所で過ごすかもしれないと訴えた。(ということで、必ずしもシリア政府に協力した編集になっていない。)

・・・警察以外の得体の知れない民間が検問所を設置しているような場所で、選挙運動や投票をするなんてありえない。そもそも事前に許可を得ていないデモはすべて違法なわけで、日本だって集団で外に飛び出してワイワイ騒いだら、おまわりに捕まってぶんなぐられるのに、なぜ誰も指摘しないのか不思議。



Media Delegation from RT Channel: Media Fabrications about Syria Very Huge
http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2011/08/23/365573.htm
Aug 23, 2011

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – A media delegation from the Russian channel 'Russia Today' visited the Military Hospital of Tishreen in Damascus and listened the truth about Syria's events from the injured soldiers and law-enforcement personnel.

The delegation made interviews with the wounded, who told the stories of their injuries, saying they were exposed to heavy fire from armed terrorist groups by machineguns, snipers and grenades with the aim of killing.

Wounded conscript Firas Salloum said he was shot in the chest while he was on duty in al-Ramel al-Janoubi in Lattakia city, adding that the number of the armed terrorists was very large and that they were armed with snipers and Molotov cocktails and that the terrorists were shooting from rooftops and windows.

Conscript Mustafa Kardoush, whose leg was cut off after being shot by contaminated bullet, said that he and his comrades were exposed to heavy fire from all directions while they were on duty in Deir Ezzor city.

For his part, Dr. Ahmad al-Hassan, said that most of the injuries were caused by bullets and grenades shrapnel with relatively high rates of accurate injuries in the heads and necks caused by snipers, indicating that some bullets were contaminated.

In a statement to SANA, Manager of the Channel Haydar Abdullah Aganin, said "We were sure that the situation in Syria is different from the image that foreign and some Arab media are trying to broadcast."

Aganin added that "Through our field tour to more than one city, it became clear that there were gunmen and saboteurs who attacked public institutions and deliberately attacked army soldiers."

"We hope the true image will reach the Russian people through the RT Channel which is participating in the campaign to correct the image and unmask fabrications", he said.

The delegation arrived to Syria a week ago and visited a number of cities, including Deir Ezzor, Homs and Hama.

The delegation will also visit Idleb and Lattakia to inspect the reality of the events in Syria.

Members of the Russian Delegation: Facts on Land Contradict Western Media Reports

Meanwhile, members of the Russian delegation, which includes social, media, political and cultural figures, said that the facts on land in Syria contradict the image of these events broadcast in the Western and some Arab media channels.

Head of the Dagestani Community in St. Petersburg and North Russia, said that members of the delegation are keen on conveying what they have seen in Syria to the Russian people.

A Russian Researcher in the Syrian civilization expressed admiration over the historic and geographic diversity in Syria, indicating that Syria is distinguished by safety and security.

For her part, Representative of 'Unified Russia' Party Irina Lavrinovich, said that her family tried to prevent her from coming to Syria as they said it was not safe, adding that after she came she saw that the Syrian people are confident and comfortable, with people hailing the role of the army in protecting civilians from the armed groups.

For his part, Wissam Saleh, of the Syrian community in Russia, said that the media war waged against Syria is far more dangerous than any military war, adding that there are efforts exerted to organize visits for public and formal international delegations to inspect the reality of the events in Syria.



"Syria is fine"… or is it?
http://rt.com/news/syria-hama-people-reforms-365-921/
Published: 23 August, 2011, 11:27
Edited: 23 August, 2011, 23:34

The UN says more than 2,200 people have been killed in Syria in the six-month-long crackdown on anti-government protesters. And despite growing calls by the Western leaders for Bashar Assad to step down, he says his regime is not in danger.

­The city of Hama is around 200 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. A religiously-conservative, Sunni-dominated city, it has been one of the centers of religious tensions in Syria for years. In 1982, during the current President Bashar Assad's father rule, this city saw a bloody massacre. Amnesty International says over 10,000 people were killed in the regime's crackdown on the city's Sunni population.

During the present conflict, Hama has been among the last to join the national uprising. The army was sent here in July and withdrew 10 days later. So what does the situation on the ground there look like since the troops have left?

On the first part of RT's journey the road looked surprisingly normal for a war-torn country. But the road to Hama goes through Homs, the city where activists have been reporting dozens of civilian deaths over the last few months of violence. And the closer to the city, the more dramatic the scenery becomes, with checkpoints appearing along the highway.

A while later, RT's bus catches up with a military convoy – the troops apparently returning to a nearby base after the operation in Homs was officially over. They stop the bus, but not for long.

At the entrance to Hama all cars are subjected to checks. So far, it is the only reminder of the recent unrest.

There is a bridge in Hama that became infamous after it appeared in an amateur video posted on YouTube showing dead bodies being thrown into the Assy River. Comment accompanying this video said that they were the bodies of Hama residents killed by security forces, while Syrian TV reported they were policemen.

Despite the president's vow to end all military operations against anti-government protestors, recent reports suggested the army is still being deployed in several cities across the Syria, including Hama.

RT's crew mistakes a man at the checkpoint for one of the soldiers, but he is just a police officer wearing armored protection – a measure introduced following the dramatic events in the area.

The Officers' Club in the center of Hama is a sorry sight. Officials are saying it had been attacked by an extremist group shortly before the army entered the city. They say the militants set the building on fire and killed at least 20 officers who were inside the building.

"The army came to remove barricades, and behind these barricades there were armed people, not peaceful demonstrations, and there were clashes between them and the troops," says Anas Naem, the Hama governor.

While the governor is sharing his views on the events, a crowd gathers outside his residence.

Their slogans sound neutral at first: "We are not afraid, God is with us." But it all changes in seconds: "People want the regime to fall!"

What people start saying gives a completely different picture. "We've been living for a month-and-a-half in peaceful demonstrations, but when the army entered the city all the killings started," a local resident told RT.

"This night I may not be sleeping at home, I may be sleeping in prison," says another.

Officials though put all responsibility on the people themselves.

"They have the right but these people just don't want to give the government time to do reforms. The reforms cannot go through in such an atmosphere," Naem explains.

RT's journey to Hama has been a part of a so-called "Syria is fine" tour – as the country's government attempts to portray the situation – but no matter what the initial goal was, it all appeared to be quite different.

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