A long, bloody, tragic struggle

In reporting the bloody uprising in Syria that is now in its 19th month, many foreign broadcasters have relied on ‘citizens’ journalism’ – unverified, and often unverifiable, footage of protests and their suppression by security forces, uploaded to YouTube. As the uprising took its course, it became clear that – although the broad outlines of the picture provided by ‘activists’ inside Syria were generally accurate – the specifics often were not. 

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