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Syria is .. fine?

Only if you’re on the state-run tour.
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A screen grab from SANA shows the 'Syria is Fine' campaign which involved a visit to Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All The East who told his audience that "we live in peace and the situation in Syria is different from what is being shown in some media channels." (Screengrab)

The unswervingly loyal SANA, Syria’s regime-run news agency, is spicing up its coverage of “the realty of events” with news of an initiative known as the ‘Syria is Fine’ campaign.

“With the participation of 250 academic, political, media, art and parliamentary figures from 18 countries in response to the invitation of an independent Syrian youth group, 'Syria is Fine' campaign started its activities on Sunday,” declares the SANA report.

"We do not need to show anything other than our reality … the reality is what you will see with your own eyes … we live in peace and the situation in Syria is different from what is being shown in some media channels," said Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All The East during a visit to his intriguingly titled Mariamite Cathedral.

Once that was affirmed, the participants had the chance to visit the destruction wrought upon Hama by “the armed terrorist gangs” which had recently been bombarding the place.

“For his part,” SANA reports with just a hint of relish, “Ganet Alkan, editor at the Turkish newspaper of 'Aydinlik', said that the western media broadcast and fabricate misleading reports on Syria, pointing out that his newspaper is reporting information from the Syrian SANA agency.”

A neat tie-in indeed.
 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syria-fine