First we were warned to be suspicious about accounts of a revolution in Syria because the “citizen journalists” telling the story were supposedly either Islamist extremists, or agents of Western interests, or both. Then, as Western journalists with increasing frequency managed to sneak into Syria and file first-hand accounts of the struggle, we were told that they too were serving an anti-Assad foreign agenda.
After I posted “The horror of Homs, a city at war,” a report which aired on Britain’s Channel 4 News, one reader suggested that much of its content must have been staged for the cameraman and then sarcastically asked: “So who was the cameraman, a ‘citizen journalist’?”
He’s a French photojournalist who described his reporting to Channel 4’s Jonathan Miller. Robert Mackey writes:
The photographer, who uses the assumed name Mani to shield his identity and make it possible for him to return to Syria to work again, was present when the current assault on districts of Homs under rebel control began on Feb. 3.
Looking at some of the comments now coming in, I surmise that War in Context has been added to a list of sites that Assad’s shills are being sent to in order to “set the record straight.” Thanks.