Sunday, May 08, 2011

SANA (Syria): "More than 5000 Al-Jazeera Sport Subscription Cards Burned in Tartous"

Syrian "youths" support their leader. Why would you need a "subscription card" for a satellite channel? Anyway, this is obviously in the great tradition of draft-card burning except for the minor point that it is pro-establishment:
Hundreds of youths in Tartous burned more than 5000 al-Jazeera Sport Channels subscription cards, sending a strong signal in reaction to the Channel's coverage of the events in Syria.

The youths expressed condemnation of al-Jazeera's tackling of the events in Syria which is devoid of professionalism, seeing that it promotes sedition and chaos by fabricating news and photos.

The youths raised banners lambasting al-Jazeera coverage which focuses on making negative psychological impact on the Syrians by generating a flood of lies refuted by the situation on the ground.

They urged their fellow youths to boycott the Channel economically and delete it from their TVs, stressing that belittling the Syrians' awareness through lies circulated by eyewitnesses and fabricated videos aims at intimidating the Syrian people.

"This move is a direct response to al-Jazeera fact-twisting and fabrication of events in Syria," said one of the youths, hailing the role played by the Syrian media.

Mustapha Asha said the initiative is a symbol of real boycott, adding that the Syrians are now certain that al-Jazeera and fellow tendentious channels seek destruction of their country.

Hundreds in Tartous staged a sit-in few days ago, censuring the coverage of tendentious media of events in Syria. They considered that the coverage is meant to tarnish the reputation of the country and stir chaos in violation of the principles of journalistic work and the international and local laws regulating it.
Also at SANA, "Interior Ministry: 915 of Those Involved in Riot Acts Turn Themselves in":
The number of those involved in riot acts who turned themselves in to the competent authorities has so far reached 915 persons from different provinces, who were released immediately after pledging not to repeat acts that may harm the security of the homeland and the citizens.

An official source at the Interior Ministry said many of those involved continue to come to police stations and security centers to turn themselves in.

The source called for those who were misled into participating in or committing unlawful acts punishable by law including carrying weapons, disrupting security or giving false statements to turn themselves in and hand over their weapons to the competent authorities.

The Ministry reiterated calls for informing authorities about saboteurs and terrorists and the whereabouts of weapons.

Those who turn themselves in prior to 15 / 5 / 2011, according to the Ministry's source, will be exempted from punishment and the legal consequences and prosecutions.
What more could you ask for?


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