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Syria: what should we do about the media?

Since the events started in Syria in march 2011, the media has been playing different and varying roles, either the government's or the main stream media. Born in a diaspora Syrian family with a lot of relatives inside the country, I can tell that non are speaking the truth, not even part of it. Seeing comments on news websites and here in Syria-related conversations, it's quite clear that people outside Syria doesn't actually have a least idea of what's "really" going up there.

Now, the problem is that, this media blackout is being exploited by both the government and the world great powers to gain their interests on the expense of the Syrian people, with the people of the world, even of the neighboring countries, not knowing anything about it, or being given very distorted picture of the situation.

So, what can we do about it? How can the people inside Syria deliver their voice to the world on spite of the media blackout? How could the truth be told?

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  • Oct 12 2013: The media will always fan the flames of conflict to feed its readers "exciting" stories. How can you stop them? Perhaps by working at being unexciting. The TED TALK on treating violence like an infectious disease mentions "interrupters", people respected in their community who can interrupt the spread of violence. These "interrupters" could work at keeping peace between different factions in a town. The town leaders, and their citizens, could then say to the fighters " we are a peaceful town. Please take your fighting somewhere else." Peace could then spread from town to town; the same way we control a forest fire, section by section. Will it work? Ask any teacher how playground violence is minimized. Another TED Talk on why Mayors should rule the world would also be helpful. Too much has been made of the role of Assad. I think the role of Syrian Mayors and their councils can be much more effective in negotiating and maintaining local peace, and networking with other communities. I wish all Syrians a respectful, resolution to their conflicts.
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      Oct 13 2013: Thank you, may I should watch that talk. However, the problem in Syria maybe not exactly about peace. I know you feel about it like that because of the news reports or something like that, but this's not the situation, it's just another part of the media problem! The Mayors are only criminals appointed by the intelligence to maintain the control of the government, even if through detention, torture, and killing. The "terrorists" picture of the fighters is totally untrue; fighters are normal Syrians who decided to fight against the massive security & army attacks (several months after peaceful demonstrations demanding the overthrow of a 50-years old regime). So, the situation is actually more like a people uprising/revolution rather than the chaotic conflict given by the media, the problem isn't in the war, it's in the government.

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